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Jacques Hamel

Jacques Hamel

Jacques Hamel was a retired Priest from the Normandy Region of France. He was born in Darnétal, Seine-Maritime department of France in 1930 and became ordained as a Priest in 1958. He was a Priest for 50 years until he retired in 2008.


On July 26th, 2016, Hamel was murdered during The Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray Terrorist Attack. Men affiliated with the soldiers Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stormed into the Church and took him, two nuns, and two parishioners hostage. Hamel died when the terrorists slit his throat.

Reaction to Death

Many consider that Hamel died a martyr.

He has been described by people who knew him as a good man who put others before himself.

Pope Francis released the statement denouncing the murder as a "barbaric...senseless killing" especially since it happened in a Church.


Citation Linkywqaugeunhowzrcj.public.blob.vercel-storage.comMemorial for Jacques
Jul 26, 2016, 4:18 PM
Citation Linkfoxnews.comItalian politician wants Hamel on the fast-track to Sainthood
Jul 26, 2016, 3:50 PM
Citation Linkrouen.catholique.frAdditional info about him (in French)
Jul 26, 2016, 4:38 PM
Citation Linktheamericanconservative.comCase for Hamel being a martyr
Jul 26, 2016, 3:42 PM
Citation Linkywqaugeunhowzrcj.public.blob.vercel-storage.comJacque Hamel
Jul 26, 2016, 3:48 PM
Citation Linkbustle.comArticle describing Hamel and the reaction to his death
Jul 26, 2016, 3:41 PM
Citation Linktheguardian.comArticle about the hostage situation
Jul 26, 2016, 3:39 PM
Citation Linkywqaugeunhowzrcj.public.blob.vercel-storage.comJacques in prayer
Jul 26, 2016, 3:23 PM
Citation Linkheavy.comFacts about Hamel
Jul 26, 2016, 3:30 PM
Citation Linktheguardian.comArticle about the Priest
Jul 26, 2016, 3:24 PM