85-years-old Father Jacques Hamel, laid to rest on Tuesday August 2. He was slain by two attackers during a terror strike on July 26, Tuesday. The two attackers slit his throat at his church’s altar while injured another during an hour long hostage keeping.
Hundreds of mourners crammed into Rouen Cathedral on Tuesday to attend the funeral of the Roman Catholic priest, who perished in the terror strike. The Funeral service was held under tightened security at the thirteenth century Gothic cathedral in northern France. A procession of senior clergy followed pallbearers who placed his coffin on an baroque rug before the altar.
The prayer service was followed by a private burial. During the service, the priest’s sister Roselyne Hamel, told the congregation that Father Jacques during his military service in Algeria refused an officer’s rank so that he would not have to give the order to kill. She further disclosed that at one occasion, he emerged the sole survivor in a desert shootout.
“He would often ask himself: ‘Why me?’ Today, Jacques, our brother, your brother, you have your answer: Our God of love and mercy chose you to be at the service of others,” she said.
Father Hamel had his throat slit by two knife wielding attackers during their hostage keeping at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy, France. They attacked while morning mass was in progress. Witnesses said they pushed Father Hamel on his knees and gashed his throat while chanting Arabic.