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Ten memorable Catholic moments from 2016


From the murder of Fr Hamel to Cardinal Sarah’s ad orientem appeal

Our guide to the most memorable events in the Catholic world in 2016…

1. The murder of Fr Jacques Hamel at a church in Normandy

In July Fr Hamel, 86, was celebrating Mass at St Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy when two ISIS attackers burst into the building. Witnesses reported that the priest said “Be gone Satan” before they slit his throat.

Pope Francis later called Fr Hamel a martyr.

2. Millions of young Catholics attend World Youth Day in Kraków

Pope Francis posed for a selfie with young Catholics after he had lunch with them at the archbishop’s residence in Kraków at the end of July.

He celebrated the closing World Youth Mass in the presence of more than a million young people.

The trip marked the Pontiff’s first visit to eastern Europe and included a visit to Auschwitz.

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