Muslims across France and Italy attend Mass in solidarity with Catholics on Sunday

Muslims across France have attended Catholic Mass in a gesture of solidarity after the murder of a priest on Tuesday.

Fr Jacques Hamel was killed in his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen by two men who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

France’s Muslim council, the CFCM, urged Muslims to show “solidarity and compassion” over the murder.

“We are all Catholics of France,” said Anouar Kbibech, the head of the CFCM.

Services were held in Rouen as well as in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.

“We’re very touched,” the Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, told BFMTV.

“It’s an important gesture of fraternity. They’ve told us, and I think they’re sincere, that it’s not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel.”

A Catholic monk welcomed Muslim worshipers at a church in Nice.

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Muslims in Italy also attended Mass on Sunday. Three imams sat in the front row at Santa Maria Trastevere church in Rome.

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Imam Sami Salem (L) and Imam Mohammed ben Mohammed stand before Mass at Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome.

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