Pope voices 'pain and horror' at France church hostage-taking

AFP , Tuesday 26 Jul 2016

Pope Francis
Pope Francis gestures during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican July 24, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

Pope Francis has expressed his "pain and horror" at a hostage-taking at a church in France on Tuesday in which a priest was killed.

"The pope... participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said, adding that Francis had been particularly appalled by the "barbaric killing" because it happened in a sacred place.

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