Statement from Pax Christi France on the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel

 

Yesterday, Pax Christi France released a statement regarding the murder of Fr. Jacques Hammel. The statement is below in French and English. In addition, Greet Vanaerschot, Secretary General of Pax Christi International, speaking on Fr. Hamel's death, stated:
 
"Pax Christi International is saddened and dismayed by the murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel. There is no justification for this kind of senseless violence perpetrated in a place of worship, a sanctuary where all are welcome and the message preached is peace. We mourn Fr. Hamel's death, we mourn all victims of violence, and, as Pope Francis stated yesterday, we recommit ourselves to cultivating the peace that all religions want, a peace that insures the security of all."
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En Francais:
 
A la nouvelle de l’assassinat du Père Jacques Hamel et de la prise d’otages qui l’accompagnait, on est saisi de vertige. Encore un geste dément dicté par la seule volonté de détruire et de tuer. Il vient après d’autres non seulement en France, mais aussi en Allemagne et ailleurs. Ce prêtre était aimé de tous. Toutes les victimes avaient des familles, des amis et ne demandaient qu’à vivre. Comment comprendre ces gestes insensés qui se renouvellent à un rythme accéléré ? Comment ne pas se révolter devant cette dénégation du droit de vivre de chacun ?
 
Pendant ce temps, à Cracovie, 600.000 jeunes se réunissent au nom de leur foi en Dieu et en l’homme. Ils vont vers les autres reconnaissant, par delà leurs différences, des frères à accueillir et à aimer. C’est eux qui ont raison. Ils croient en la vie. Ils veulent faire un monde où l’amour est plus fort que la haine, où la soif de v engeance fait place au pardon, où la paix règnera. Pax Christi demande à tous que les effets de notre colère ne vienne pas mettre à mal leur rêve ni décourager leur engagement, car c’est eux qui feront un monde nouveau avec notre appui.
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In English:
 
At the news of the assassination of Father Jacques Hamel and how those who accompanied him were taken hostage, we are overcome with a sense of vertigo. We are faced with another gesture of insanity, dictated by the will to destroy and kill. This follows upon tragedies not only in France but also in Germany and elsewhere. This priest was loved by all. All victims have families, friends and the desire to live. How do we comprehend these senseless acts that are being perpetrated with such alarming frequency? How do we not revolt in the face of those who deny others the right to live? 
 
Meanwhile, in Krakow, Poland, some 600,000 young people gather in faith in God and humanity. They gather with gratitude together beyond their differences, brothers and sisters accepted and loved. They show us what is right. They believe in life. They want a world where love is stronger than hate, where the thirst for violence gives way to forgiveness, where peace reigns. Pax Christi asserts that our anger over these tragedies will undermine their dream nor discourage their commitment because it is they who, with our support, will make a new world.

 

Pax Christi France, Fr. Jacques Hamel