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NICE, France, October 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Three Catholic faithful were murdered, and several more injured, on Thursday morning in the basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption in Nice, in the South of France. According to police, the perpetrator of the attack was a 25-year-old Tunisian Muslim who claimed to be called Brahim.

The man was seen rushing into the church at 8:55 a.m. to carry out what has been characterized as an anti-Catholic terrorist onslaught. He is said to have entered France at the end of September via Italy.

This year, October 29 marks the celebration of the “Birthday of the Prophet” Muhammad.

According to reports, the assailant slit the throat of (or beheaded) a 70-year-old woman who was quietly praying, killing her on the spot in what resembles an act of Islamic ritual slaughter.

He knifed and killed the church’s guard — some sources say the victim was the sacristan — and repeatedly wounded a 30-year-old woman who was able to flee outside and seek refuge in a nearby bar, where she died shortly afterwards, saying: “Tell my children I love them.”

It is not clear at this point how many other people were injured.

The basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption is situated on the main shopping street of Nice. Local municipal policemen were present: After the alarm, they arrived in the church within ten minutes and were able to overpower the attacker, shooting him twice.

He was seriously injured but, as the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has confirmed, continued obsessively to repeat “Allahu Akhbar,” the Islamic war cry (“Allah is the greatest”), while being treated by the emergency services before being transported to hospital.

He was not known to the security forces, and contrary to first reports from the scene, according to which the police asked people to take shelter because of the potential presence of other terrorists, he appears to have acted alone.

Cardinal Robert Sarah has responded with clarity to the bloody attack.

“Islamism is a monstrous fanaticism that must be fought with strength and determination,” he tweeted. “It will not put an end to its war. We Africans sadly know that only too well. Barbarians are always the enemies of peace. The West, today that means France, must understand this. Let us pray. +RS.”

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris published a statement saying, “We are dumbfounded by this murderous folly in the name of God … Christ will tell us in the Gospel of All Saints’ Day: ‘Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’”

Pope Francis tweeted, “I am close to the Catholic community of #Nice, mourning the attack that sowed death in a place of prayer and consolation. I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, that they may respond to evil with good.”

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Remarks attributed to Pope Francis (and, not denied by the Vatican) in support of homosexual civil unions have caused grave scandal to the faithful.

Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify these heterodox and scandalous remarks on homosexual civil unions, and which will be delivered both to the Vatican and to the Papal Nuncio of the United States (the Pope's official representative in the U.S.).

As the last guarantor of the Faith, the Pope should clarify and rectify these remarks, which go against the perennial teaching of the Church, even including the teaching of his living predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

"What we have to create is a law of civil coexistence [meaning civil union law, for homosexuals]...," Pope Francis is reported to have remarked, in what is arguably his clearest statement of public support for a practice morally prohibited by official Catholic Church teaching.

In fact, the Church has been crystal clear in Her opposition to homosexual unions.

Just in 2003, Pope Saint John Paul II approved a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, titled 'Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons' and written by Cardinal Ratzinger (now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), which concludes with the following:

"The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself."

It could not be more clear: the Church is calling people to repentance, not to be left to indulge in grave sin.

Since becoming public, several senior prelates as well as other notable Catholic figures have voiced their opposition to these remarks attributed to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Raymond Burke stated: "It is a source of deepest sadness and pressing pastoral concern that the private opinions reported with so much emphasis by the press and attributed to Pope Francis do not correspond to the constant teaching of the Church, as it is expressed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition."

Cardinal Gerhard Müller commented: "Where there is tension between the plain and obvious Word of God and the infallible interpretation on the one hand, and private expressions of opinion even by the highest church authorities on the other, the principle always applies: in dubio pro DEO [When in doubt, be in favor of God]."

And, Catholic theologian and apologist Scott Hahn, without directly quoting Pope Francis, shared on Facebook the 'Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,' published by the CDF in 1986, with the statement: "Holy Father, respectfully and humbly, I beg to differ... if that is indeed what you said. In any case, please clarify and rectify your statement, especially in view of the official teaching of our Lord through the magisterium of His Church."

But, the silence from the Vatican has been deafening, with no clarification forthcoming.

We must, therefore, ask the Pope for clarification in this serious matter.

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Many Islamic immigrants from Northern Africa live in the South of France. While it is politically incorrect to criticize Islam and immigration in France, many recent Islamic attacks that have taken place over the last years in the country were made by immigrants or people with an immigrant background.

In 2016, Nice was already the scene of a horrific attack when a “local” Tunisian drove his truck into the crowds that were celebrating the national feast day of July 14 on the Promenade des Anglais. 86 people were killed and 458 wounded in an attack that was claimed by the Islamic State.

The anti-Catholic aim of Islamic attacks is not new either: On July 26, 2016, an elderly Catholic priest from a small parish near Rouen was killed by two Islamic assailants who slit his throat. An official process of recognition of Father Hamel as a martyr has been underway in the Catholic Church since 2017. Pope Francis had previously waived the normal waiting period of five years.

As the victims of today’s attack in Nice were seemingly killed out of hatred for the Faith (in odium fidei), their consideration as martyrs is being suggested on social media.

Many church bells rang at 3 p.m. all over the country in homage to the victims — but in Nice itself, all churches have been closed “until further notice.” On social media, some remarked that it would be better to close “all the mosques that have been identified as enablers of hatred.”

French President Emmanuel Macron went to the scene of the attack later on Thursday, where he announced that “between 3,000 and 7,000 military personnel will be in a position to protect all places of worship, in particular the churches, so that All Saints’ Day on November 1 may go ahead peacefully.

It will be the last day of public worship under new lockdown provisions that are expected to prohibit public worship starting November 2.

Macron also proclaimed, “We shall not give way,” in the same way that he warned, “They shall not pass,” shortly after a history professor was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine a few weeks ago by a Chechen Muslim after having shown a pornographic drawing of Muhammad to his middle school class.

Several opposition politicians, including Marine Le Pen, have asked for an immediate stop to immigration in France.

Jean-Frédéric Poisson, presidential candidate for 2022 of the former Christian Democrat Party — now called VIA, “The people’s way” — tweeted: “Horrible. France under attack. Once again. Christians are recurring targets: it is the great replacement of civilization. I express my sorrow for the victims’ families, my anger regarding our limp elites, and my determination to vanquish conquering Islam.”

Bernard Antony, president and founder of the Christian and French defense league AGRIF, observed in a communiqué that Jihadi Islam’s “war of civilization” against France was motivated by its “tangled hatred against the Christian identity of France and against the secular Republic of freedom for blasphemy.”

The Muslim world is presently full of anger against France for its official support of the obscene caricatures of Muhammad and Turkish president Erdogan, and French authorities are fueling that hatred by identifying the French Republic with a “right to blaspheme”

At the same time, as observed by Antony, the country favors the admission of Turkey to the European Union.

The interministerial delegate for the fight against racism announced on Wednesday that a tweet by a Turkish minister calling the collaborators of Charlie Hebdo “bastards” and “sons of bitches” will be officially prosecuted by the French judiciary. “Blasphemies” against Charlie — which specializes in anti-Catholic caricatures too obscene to be described — are not allowed.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Nice, André Marceau, deplored the attack, calling for a “spirit of pardon,” while the basilica’s rector, canon Philippe Asso, spoke of the “risk of seeing interreligious dialogue being called into question.”

As to the former Prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, he declared shortly after the murderous attack: “Whatever religion is being brought into question, people who are angry kill.”

He added that Muslims have the right to “kill millions of French people” for “the massacres of the past.” His tweet was removed by Twitter, but only at the insistence of the French minister, because, according to the social media representatives, “the tweet could be of interest to the public.”

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