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 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 is a holy priest and thus Pope Francis issued a statement at the time decrying the “absurd violence.” He later said during a Mass in September at the Vatican in honor of Fr. Hamel that the slain priest “is blessed now,” according to Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen who was there.
The Pope has given a beautiful statement on Fr. Hamel to the priest as “an example of courage” because “he emptied himself to serve others, to build brotherhood among men.” During those days the possibility of opening the cause for beatification of Fr. Hamel was announced.
At the dedication ceremony this past Sunday, the mayor or Ermont also paid homage to Fr. Jacques Hamel describing him as “a martyr of the faith.” Portelli also went beyond the religious ideas and called the priest “an example of dialogue between the religions and communities in his parish on the outskirts of Rouen and he has joined all those innocent victims of fanaticism in our country and the world.”