Anti-terrorist police shot two knifemen dead today after they murdered a priest by cutting his throat during a siege inside a church in northern France.
Today’s bloodbath unfolded in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, close to the Normandy city of Rouen.
The clergyman, named as Jacques Hamel, 84, had his throat cut, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Paris.
Two men rushed into the church via a back entrance during a morning service, soon after 9am.
French President François Hollande travelled to the scene of the slaughter and said the attackers were "two terrorists who claimed to be from Isis".
The evil manifested in the world today shows Islam's true colours. It is how it was founded, by the sword, by blood sacrifice of humanity to its false god; - a complete and utter dichotomy of the true sacrifice of God for humanity. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, which these Mohammedans deny, came to Earth as a baby and grew to holy manhood. The God-man submitted to take upon himself the sins of the world from all time and for all time. He became sin. He submitted Himself to blood sacrifice as the one and only pure atonement. This priest, Jacques Hamel, may he rest in peace, knew that. It was at this re-presentation of that all-redeeming sacrifice that these Mohammedans took his blood in their lust for death and false sacrifice to a false god, the devil, Satan. May his blood be united with the most Holy Blood of the Lord whom he served and His people.
France has a new priest-martyr.
May he, even now, be enjoying the Beatific Vision and interceding for France, and us all.