Bucharest, July 27, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
In a press statement released on Tuesday evening, the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate says the Tuesday’s attack at the Saint-Etienne du Rouvray Church in France is a symbolic attack against Europe’s Christian identity, and voices empathy with the victims of the attack and solidarity with the French people.
“It is with great sadness that the Romanian Patriarchate has learned about the killing by a terror group of a Catholic priest during a church service on 26 July 2016, and the injury of churchgoers. We are voicing our empathy with the victims of the attack and solidarity with the French people,” reads the statement released by the Press Office of the Patriarchate of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church.
On Tuesday, two attackers slit the throat of a priest in Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, north-western France, as he was holding a service; one attending person was also seriously injured. The attackers were shot dead as the police intervened. The Islamic State claimed the attacks.