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A French soldier stands guard as he prevents access to the scene of the ISIS attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France (AP)

Mohammed Karabila, president of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith for Haute-Normandie, said he was ‘appalled by the death of his friend’ Fr Jacques Hamel

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)

Francis has expressed ‘pain and horror for this absurd violence’, the Vatican spokesman has said

French soldiers stand guard as they prevent the access to the scene of an attack in St Etienne du Rouvray, Normandy,  (AP)

For Catholics and other Christians in the Middle East, the atrocity at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray is far from unimaginable

General view of the church where Fr Jacques Hamel was killed (AP)

Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen confirmed that Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, died in the terrorist attack

Flowers and stuffed toys are placed at a makeshift memorial to honour the victims of the Nice lorry attack (AP)

The Pontiff offered ‘a paternal and fraternal embrace to all of France’ after the lorry attack in Nice

Forensic officers stand near a truck that ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Fr Lombardi said the Vatican shared in the suffering of victims after a lorry ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day

Pope Francis blesses a woman during an audience with people living in difficult situations from Lyon, France (CNS)

Addressing a crowd of homeless and impoverished pilgrims from France, the Pope instructed believers to pray for those who lack compassion

Pilgrims pray around a statue of the Virgin Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje (CNS)

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An Egyptian woman prays for 21 Coptic men killed by ISIS In 2015 (AP)

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Iceland players celebrate  as the final whistle goes (AP)

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier took to Twitter after England’s embarrassing defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016