The “JeSuis” hashtag (“I am” in French) has become a go-to hashtag when showing solidarity with victims of terrorist attacks. The trend started with #JeSuisCharlie, after Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France.

Today, #JeSuisCatholique (I am Catholic) and #JeSuisPretre (I am priest) were trending on Twitter as people showed solidarity with Catholics and priests after an elderly priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel, had his throat slit by Islamic State terrorists shortly after morning Mass in his rural parish of St Etienne du Rouvray just outside of Normandy.

Clergymen on Twitter mourned their fellow priest:


Many noted the gentle nature of the Church’s newest martyr:

And the horrible contrast of the news amidst the joyful occasion of World Youth Day, taking place in Poland this week:

Several also quoted a famous line from the early Church Father, Tertullian: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

And reminded people to pray for Fr. Hamel and his attackers:

Let us continue to pray for Fr. Hamel, for the conversion of his attackers and all perpetrators of violence, and for peace throughout the world.