Jacques Hamel

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French prime minister Manuel Valls walks a corridor of Nimes’ remand centre, where where nearly 400 people live in a space with a maximum capacity of 192. Photograph: Getty Images

Prime minister Manuel Valls and justice minister Jean- Jacques Urvoas yesterday visited France’s most overcrowded prison, in Nîmes, where nearly 400 p(...)

The recent barbarous murder of Fr Jacques Hamel in France has, in a shockingly dramatic fashion, increased growing concerns about the persecution of C(...)

Soldiers patrol the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Each time France is attacked by jihadists, the authorities defend themselves with the list of measures already taken: the state of emergency; increase(...)

Pallbearers carry the coffin of French parish priest Fr Jacques Hamel outside the Cathedral in Rouen, France, August 2nd, 2016. Fr Hamel was killed last week in an attack on a church  near Rouen  by assailants linked to Islamic State. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

The funeral Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel in Rouen Cathedral on Tuesday raised all the big questions: life and death; good and evil. But amid the bells, o(...)

The coffin of priest Jacques Hamel is carried into the Notre Dame cathedral in Rouen for his funeral ceremony. Fr Hamel was killed on July 26th in a terror related attack, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA.

The elderly French priest murdered a week ago tried to push his attackers away with his feet, saying “go away, Satan”, the archbishop of Rouen told hi(...)

An image taken from video shows Abdel Malik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, the men behind the church attack in Normandy. Petitjean exhorted Muslims ‘brothers’ to ‘strike this country’. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, the 19-year-olds who slit the throat of Fr Jacques Hamel (86) while he celebrated Mass last Tuesday, first co(...)

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives to the Campus Misericordiae during World Youth Day in Brzegi near Krakow, Poland, Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/David W Cerny

Pope Francis brought the curtain down on the World Youth Day celebrations in Poland on Sunday with a message to young Catholics that was strong on hop(...)

Pope Francis prays in front of the death wall at the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, on Friday. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano /Pool Photo via AP

Following his sombre, silent visit to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, Pope Francis has condemned the way prisoners are “t(...)

All schools teach a worldview. All schools have mission statements

Peter Berger, the veteran sociologist of religion, was among the first to formulate the secularisation thesis; that is, that religion would fade away (...)

Flowers are displayed at a makeshift memorial in front of the Saint Etienne church where Priest Jacques Hamel was killed on 26 July in a terror related attack, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, near Rouen, 28 July 2016. The two hostage takers were killed by police after they took five hostages and killed Priest Jacques Hamel. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Why France? Why has the home of the Enlightenment, of liberty, equality and fraternity become the prime western target for terrorists acting in the na(...)

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