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Suspect in Fire at French Cathedral Is Arrested in Killing of a Priest

Suspect in Fire at French Cathedral Is Arrested in Killing of a Priest
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Suspect in Fire at French Cathedral Is Arrested in Killing of a Priest

Suspect in Fire at French Cathedral Is Arrested in Killing of a Priest

According to the newspaper, Mr. Abayisenga belonged to the Hutu ethnic group, whose leaders led the massacres of most ethnic Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. But members of his family suffered reprisals or fled after the transfer of the country. power to the Tutsis in the years following the end of the genocide.

Mr Abayisenga’s asylum request and a subsequent appeal were rejected, resulting in orders to leave France, according to La Croix.

Father Maire welcomed Mr. Abayisenga to the residence of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre about two months ago, said Father Paul.

“It was accommodated thanks to the generosity of Father Olivier,” said Father Paul.

As part of the order’s basic missionary work, Father Maire spent years in Africa, including working with young prisoners in Uganda, Father Paul said. There he often organized football matches between prisoners and his novices.

“He was viscerally open to people in difficulty,” said Father Paul.

With immigration and crime at the top of the agenda ahead of next April’s presidential elections, some right-wing politicians took to the priest’s murder to attack what they called the government’s lax immigration policies.

“So in France, you can be here illegally, set Nantes cathedral on fire, never be expelled, and commit another crime by murdering a priest,” said far-right leader Marine Le Pen, in a press release. Tweeter. “What is happening in our country is of unprecedented gravity: it is the complete failure of the state” and of Mr. Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior.

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The tweet sparked a series of exchanges between Ms. Le Pen and Mr. Darmanin, who accused the far-right leader to exploit the murder for political ends instead of expressing compassion for the Catholic community.


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