MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Sud Ouest newspaper, the crowd that gathered to mourn the death of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray priest consists both of Christians and Muslims.
This painting, by a Muslim believer, was offered to the Cathedral in Rouen, France, in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel pic.twitter.com/qr6lqtUeVR— Salt + Light (@saltandlighttv) August 2, 2016
Among those attending the ceremony is Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, the paper reported.
Access to the cathedral, which can host up to 2,000 people, was closed an hour before the ceremony started, as the building was already full, the paper reported.
On July 26, two armed men took five people hostage at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, killing the priest before themselves being taken out by French security forces. The Islamic State jihadist group, outlawed in many countries including Russia, took responsibility for the attack.