Bishop Richard Moth Asks for Prayers as French Priest Killed During Mass
Bishop Richard Moth has asked the people of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton covering Surrey and Sussex to pray for the people of France and the Church in France following the horrific attack on the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, outside Rouen, Normandy and the death of Fr Jacques Hamel.
Bishop Richard said: “I ask you to pray not only for all those killed and injured in this present attack in Northern France, but for all those affected by terrorist attacks wherever that may be in the world.”
Bishop Richard was joined in this call for prayer and condemnation of the attack by Pope Francis who has spoken of “the pain and horror of this absurd violence.”
The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, who is the Bishop responsible for this area of northern France and who is at World Youth Day with millions of young Catholics in Poland, said: "I cry out to God with all men of goodwill. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry. The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men."
Many Christians throughout the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa face similar trials and tribulations at the hands of Islamist Militants, who have particularly targeted churches, clergy and Christian faithful as well as other minority groups.