Christian, Mus­lim, Jewish lead­ers call for more se­cu­rity

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

French re­li­gious lead­ers have called for more se­cu­rity at places of wor­ship fol­low­ing the mur­der of an el­derly priest in Nor­mandy on Tues­day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Christian, Mus­lim, Jewish and Bud­dhist faiths spoke af­ter meet­ing Pres­i­dent Hol­lande.

Fa­ther Jac­ques Hamel was killed while con­duct­ing morn­ing mass in his church.

The killing came 12 days af­ter the at­tack in Nice in which 84 peo­ple died.

Mus­lim leader Dalil Boubakeur, rec­tor of Paris’s Grand Mosque, said the lead­ers “deeply de­sire that our places of wor­ship are the sub­ject of greater [se­cu­rity] fo­cus, a sus­tained fo­cus”, as even “the most hum­ble place of wor­ship” can be sub­ject to an at­tack.

Mr Boubakeur ex­pressed “pro­found sor­row” on be­half of French Mus­lims at the at­tack, which he de­scribed as a “blas­phe­mous sac­ri­lege”.

The Arch­bishop of Paris, An­dre Vingt-Trois, praised the har­mo­nious re­la­tions be­tween France’s re­li­gions.

“We must not let our­selves get pulled in to Daesh’s po­lit­i­cal games,” he said, re­fer­ring to the self-styled Is­lamic State group (IS), say­ing it wanted “to set chil­dren of the same fam­ily against each other”.

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