A policeman reacts as he secures a position in front of city hall after two assailants killed 84-year-old Father Jacques Hamel and took five people hostage during a weekday morning Mass  at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, near Rouen July 26. (CNS photo | Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) —The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of “absurd violence” added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the…

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