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French religious leaders call for calm

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:29

France's religious leaders appeal for calm after the church attack by two men in which a priest was killed. Paul Chapman reports.

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France's religions leaders in Paris gathered in a show of unity in the wake of Tuesday's church attack. They issued an appeal for calm following the attack in which an 85-year-old priest was killed by two men claiming loyalty to Islamic State. The Paris mosque rector condemned the bloodshed as an act contrary to the teaching of Islam. (SOUNDBITE)(French) DALIL BOUBAKEUR, PARIS MOSQUE RECTOR, SAYING: "The attack on a religious place, the violation of a human being and the killing of a priest who is respected and protected in our religion - this is an act outside of Islam, an act that all French Muslims condemn and reject." The Catholic Archbishop of Paris urged unity among all religions to avoid the disharmony Islamic State was trying to sow. (SOUNDBITE)(French) ARCHBISHOP OF PARIS, ANDRE VINGT-TROIS, SAYING: "We cannot let ourselves be dragged into Daesh's political game which wants to pit us against each other, the children of the same family." The anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor's office is investigating the attack in which both killers were shot dead by police. Officials say one person's been arrested. It was the latest in a series of deadly assaults in Western Europe.

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French religious leaders call for calm

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:29