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Live updates: Church attacker urges all Muslims to destroy France in new video

  • France is in shock after two Islamic State followers slit the throat of an elderly priest
  • The attackers stormed a Normandy church and took hostages before they were killed by police
  • The men apparently forced Father Jacques Hamel to kneel before killing him and filming it
  • Adel Kermiche, 19, has been named as one of the attackers
  • Kermiche was on probation and had twice attempted to travel to Syria
  • The other has been identified as 19 year old Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean
  • IS released a video of the pair pledging allegiance late on Wednesday
  • IS-affiliated news agency Amaq released another video showing Petitjean urging Muslims to destroy France and attack the West
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Pope Francis feeling 'pain and horror of absurd violence'

The Vatican condemned the 'barbarous killing'. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis is feeling "the pain and horror of this absurd violence" following the killing of a priest at a church in France.

The Vatican condemned the "barbarous killing", saying the Pope was horrified by the news.

"We are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a church, in which God's love is announced," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

He said the Pope "condemned in the most radical way any form of hate".

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