Archbishop Barsi sends message after Normandy attack, more Nice arrests

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Monaco Photo: Berthold Wernerld Werner

Another terrorist attack in France on Tuesday, in the northern region of Normandy where a Catholic priest, Jacques Hamel, 86, had his throat slit while giving mass. Archbishop Bernard Barsi commented on the Normandy attack: “It’s in Krakow, where I am involved with youth of the diocese of Monaco at World Youth Day, I learned about the attack which has just hit the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, in the Diocese Rouen.

“I want to assure the archbishop of Rouen, Bishop Dominique Lebrun, of my spiritual closeness and prayers of the whole diocese of Monaco, which shares the grief of the parents and relatives of Father Jacques Hamel, parishioners and of all Catholics of France.”

Meanwhile, in Nice two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the Bastille Day atrocity that took the lives of 84 victims. A source close to the police inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the attack carried out by Mohamed Lahouaiej Boulel said that the investigators will be looking at whether they gave logistical support. The two arrests on Monday, close to Nice’s main railway station on avenue Thiers, are in addition to the four men and a woman already in detention.

In the meantime, four lawsuits have been filed by families of the victims or persons who were close to the events of July 14 on the Promenade des Anglais, prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said on Tuesday. Others are expected. All the lawsuits have in common the claim that the level of security in place was “insufficient,” Mr Pretre said. They have been lodged with the High Court in Paris.