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Blood on the sanctuary

Paris (SE): “The world is at war,” Pope Francis said on his flight from Rome to Krakow en route to World Youth Day after hearing of the death of Father Jaques Hamel as he was celebrating Mass in the village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on July 26.

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Condolences on Nice massacre

HONG KONG (SE): “We draw near in prayer to the suffering and recovering people of Nice, France. The darkness of violence cannot dim the light of humanity’s highest aspirations to live in peace,” the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, said in a message to the suffering people of Nice on July 15, the day after Bastille celebrations were marred by the mass murder of 84 people by a crazed truck driver.

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Charlie Hebdo anniversary cartoon does not amuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, criticised the cover page cartoon of a special commemorative edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, on the first anniversary of the deadly attacks on the publication’s offices on Paris.

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Have lessons been learned since Charlie Hebdo attacks French bishops ask

PARIS (CNS): “Have these tragic events provoked some genuine awakening and have we offered perspectives for the society of tomorrow by learning lessons from the past?” the French Bishops’ Conference asked in a January 6 statement, as France commemorated the deadly 7 January 2015, attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. 

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