Paris, France, Jan 26, 2017 / 11:53 am
Fr. Jacques Hamel – the French priest who was brutally killed by ISIS terrorists last year – has been honored by the Ermont district north of Paris with a town square named after him.
The dedication took place Jan. 22, with all the area religious communities and the family of the priest in attendance.
Ermont mayor Hugues Portelli told Le Parisien that the square was previously unnamed, and is located in front of the John Paul II parish center, which is used to host Catholic and ecumenical gatherings.
Portelli said that the decision to name this square in honor of Fr. Hamel was put to a vote two months a go and the result was "unanimous" – all in favor.
Fr. Hamel was killed July 26, 2016 while celebrating Mass after two armed gunmen stormed a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy. The assailants entered the church and took the priest and four others hostage. Local law enforcement reported that the priest's throat was slit in the attack, and that both of the hostage takers were shot dead by police.