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Pope Francis steps out from the plane as he arrives at Krakow on Wednesday (AP)

Does the Holy Father believe that ISIS is really a front for something else?

Priests pray the Lord's Prayer as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in June (CNS)

Fr Jacques Hamel was one of the legions of humble and unassuming parish priests who offer their whole lives to Christ

Police officers prevent access to the church where a hostage taking took place yesterday (AP)

Hostages say they were held at gunpoint and made to film the body Fr Jacques Hamel

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney (CNS)

Archbishop Fisher called for solidarity with other religions, and said the attackers targeted the Christian faith

Soldiers patrol in front of Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris (AP)

And it can be found inside the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur in Paris

Flowers and a message are placed at the home of Fr Jacques Hamel (AP)

The Church today is living in a time of saints, and of martyrs, and I suspect we shall see rather more of both in the coming weeks and years

Tributes at the city hall entrance close to the home of Father Jacques Hamel (AP)

Fr Hamel told his parishioners to aim for sanctity, pointing to the example of the Martin family

French police guards the street to access the church where  Fr Hamel was killed (AP)

A nun who escaped the church in in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray said the terrorists filmed themselves before killing Fr Jacques Hamel

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