Priest

Archbishop reminds priests need support, give a little more

Do you want to give your lo­cal Ro­man Catholic priest a Christ­mas bonus?

Then give gen­er­ous­ly to the Christ­mas col­lec­tion at the church, as the en­tire amount re­ceived goes to­ward the priests, Arch­bish­op Ja­son Gor­don has said.

The en­tire East­er and Christ­mas col­lec­tions go to­ward sup­port­ing the cler­gy, Gor­don said dur­ing an in­ter­view in this week’s pub­li­ca­tion of the Catholic News.

Since 2015, the av­er­age amount col­lect­ed from all the Ro­man Catholic church­es around the coun­try dur­ing Christ­mas has been $1.5 mil­lion.

Priest killed in France by attackers claiming connection to ISIS

A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men on his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France.

The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.

Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.

The Amaq news agency, linked to so-called Islamic State, said "two IS soldiers" had carried out the attack.

President Francois Hollande said the men had claimed to be from IS.