Second man in Normandy priest killing identified by DNA

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Man who carried out attack on church with Adel Kermiche is identified by DNA as Abdel Malik Petitjean, 19, and who was known to security services.

Second Normandy church attacker 'named'

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The suspected identity of the man who joined Adel Kermiche in the murderous attack on a Normandy church was found in Kermiche's home.

French religious leaders urge unity after Islamist attack on church

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After meeting with President François Hollande, France's religious leaders called for solidarity in face of what Paris mosque rector called 'blasphemous sacrilege'.

Priest murdered in Normandy church attack claimed by Islamic State: update


A priest was murdered and one of his parishioners left in a critical condition by two knife-wielding men acting in the name of Islamic State group (IS) who attacked a Normandy church during a celebration of Mass on Tuesday morning. IS later claimed responsibility. The assailants, who had cut the 85-year-old priest’s throat in front of a small group of nuns and worshipers, and who attempted to cut the throat of a parishioner, were shot dead by police as they came out of the church in what is believed to be the first attack on a Catholic place of worship in Europe by Islamic extremists. Paris public prosecutor François Molins provided further details about the attack on Tuesday evening. Graham Tearse reports.

French cardinal apologies to sex abuse victims

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Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sexual abuse of children by priests, apologised to victims even though he was not in office at time.

French PM demands cardinal 'take responsibility' in paedophile case

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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is accused of covering up actions of Lyon priest suspected of sexually abusing boy Scouts between 1986 and 1991.

French Pyrenees priest admits stealing 700,000 euros of church funds

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Retired priest René Heuillet, 80, admitted pocketing church collections between 1987 and 2013, plus 100,000 euros from sales of votive candles.

Kidnapped French priest freed in Cameroon arrives home

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French president Francois Hollande personally greets priest and praises his 'courage' during seven weeks captivity in hands of armed group.

Cameroon gunmen free French priest Georges Vandenbeusch

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French president Francois Hollande announces the release of priest who was kidnapped in November in Cameroon, near Nigerian border.

French priest kidnapped in Cameroon

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Georges Vandenbeusch, who was seized at Koza about 30km from the Nigerian border, had chosen to remain in the area despite the risks.