Jacques Hamel

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Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Christian who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy. Photograph:   British Pakistani Christian Association

At least 45 children died in the bombings in Sri Lanka. Some of them were first communicants and some were recently baptised babies. Were they murdere(...)

Fr Jacques Hamel celebrating Mass in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy. He was murdered there  on July 26th, 2016. Photograph: Paroisse Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray/AFP

French authorities have undertaken a potentially explosive investigation into intelligence blunders that failed to prevent the murder of an 85-year-ol(...)

Pope Francis leads a Mass at the Basilica of Saint Bartholomew on Tiber island in Rome, April 22nd, 2017. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/Pool/Reuters

Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to move migrants and refugees from holding centres, saying many had become “concentration camps”. During a(...)

A policeman  at Midi train station after the Brussels bombings in  March. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Islamic State claimed that Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the Tunisian who killed 86 people and injured 434 others on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on(...)

Abdelhamid Abaaoud and  Abdeslam Salah: Each time a jihadist arrived in a safe house, the refrigerator was full and a tablet with an internet connection waited for him. Photographs: AFP / Dabiq and  Police Nationale/AFP/Getty Images

The November 13th, 2015, massacre that killed 130 people in the Bataclan music hall, in the 10th and 11th districts of Paris, and at the Stade de Fran(...)

Archbishop of Rouen and Primate of Normandy Mgr Dominique Lebrun carries a crucifix as he leads a procession, under security measures, to the memory of slain French priest, Fr Jacques Hamel. Photograph:  Steve Bonet/Reuters

Pope Francis has put a French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July on the fast track to possible sainthood, the Archbisho(...)

Terror: soldiers, police and firefighters with victims’ bodies on Promenade des Anglais in Nice in July. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven people have been killed in eight jihadist attacks in France since January 7th, 2015. The killings have provoked a debate(...)

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has criticised France’s attitude to religion. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

France has been criticised by Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson for lacking an understanding of religion. “Perhaps it is becaus(...)

Three women were arrested after car laden with gas cylinders was found abandoned near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on September 4th. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

A French judge handed preliminary charges on Saturday to a 29-year-old woman whom authorities suspect is part of a female “terrorist commando” group i(...)

People bring flowers to the site of the terrorist attack in Nice, on July 15th. Some ordinary people in France have reacted heroically, risking their lives by fighting terrorists when they found themselves in the midst of an attack. Photograph: Dmitry Kostyukov/The New York Times

Terrorist attacks in France come often enough that they can seem to be variations on a painful pattern: carnage followed by disbelief, then condemnat(...)

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