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A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Father Jacques Hamel, a French diocesan priest who was slain during morning mass in his parish by Islamic terrorists. I've posted some screencaps of the funeral televised by KTO TV, a French speaking Catholic channel founded in 1999 at the prompting of Cardinal Lustiger, then archbishop of Paris.

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Fr. Hamel's sister speaks at funeral.


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The funeral procession arrives at the Cathedral.

The family chose the gospel reading from Matthew's Sermon on the Mount, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." 

His sister noted that Father Jacques refused a promotion in the military during the war in Algeria since it would involve his giving orders leading to the deaths of others, something he could never do.

The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun revealed that Hamel's last words as he tried to repel his attackers with his feet were, "Get away, Satan, Get away, Satan." The archbishop had words for those tempted to jihad: "You who are tormented by diabolical violence, you who are in the clutches of demoniacal murderous folly...we pray that God will free you from the grip of the devil. We pray for you, we pray that Jesus rescues those who are in under the power of evil. (As St. Paul said)..We are wounded, we are shocked, but not destroyed.

He asked those who might have strayed from the church to return on August 15 to light a candle to help sanctify the church after the sacrilegious attack.

The video shows the poignant procession of priests, family, faithful and famous at Father Hamel's funeral.

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