Pope Francis is to fast track the process of canonising an 85-year-old priest whose throat was slit by an Islamic State (Isis) supporter during an attack on a Normandy church.
Usually there must be a five year waiting period before a person can be considered for sainthood. However, the Pope told reporters in Azerbaijan that in the case of Father Jacques Hamel the process will begin immediately, as the witnesses may die or forget details in the interim.
On Sunday parishioners gathered for the re-opening of the church following the attack. A rite was performed, "cleansing" the church through the sprinkling of holy water after its desecration, AFP reported.