Pope to Celebrate Morning Mass in Fr Hamel's Memory

Eucharistic Celebration Will Be Filmed and Broadcast Live By the Vatican Television Center

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Pope Francis will celebrate his morning Mass tomorrow in memory of Father Jacques Hamel.
In a statement released today, Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, made the announcement, noting that the Eucharistic celebration will be filmed and broadcast live by the Vatican Television Center.
It will be a “gesture as a sign of closeness to Father Jacques Hamel and his family and the whole community of Rouen,” the communique stated, noting that 80 pilgrims of the French diocese, together with Bishop Monsignor Dominique Lebrun of Rouen, France, will attend the Mass for the 86-year-old priest killed by an Islamic terrorist, on July 26, in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where he was pastor.
Pope Francis, through Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, sent a message of condolences to Archbishop Lebrun, following the dramatic events this morning in the church of nearby Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where two men armed with knives entered and took hostage the priest, two nuns and two faithful. They subsequently killed Fr. Hamel, by cutting his throat, and seriously wounded another hostage.
 

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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