Muslims in Italy and France prayed alongside with Catholics

Muslims in Italy and France prayed alongside with CatholicsIn a show of solidarity, following the horrible killing of a French priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France and Italy.

Two men attacked a church in the small town of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen on Tuesday. They killed 85-year-old Roman Catholic priest Jacques Hamel by slitting his throat. The Islamic State claimed the responsibility for the attack.

"We are very moved by the presence of our Muslim friends and I believe it is a courageous act that they did by coming to us," Rouen's archbishop Dominique Lebrun said.

A group of Muslims unfurled a banner outside Gothic cathedral in Rouen: “Love for all. Hate for none.”

A Muslim delegation also attended Mass in Nice, the city where an attacker plowed his truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day earlier this month, killing 84 people.

"Being united is a response to this act of horror and barbarism," said Otaman Aissaoui, Nice's top imam.

Muslim leaders also attended mass in Italy, where "three imams sat in the front row at Santa Maria Trastevere church in Rome," reporters said.

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni thanked Italian Muslims for their participation, saying they “are showing their communities the way of courage against fundamentalism.”
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