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Vatican condemns 'abominable' massacre at French offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
1/8/2015 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Publication was singled out for satirical cartoons on Islam

France's Charlie Hebdo magazine had frequently poked fun at the Catholic Church - that did not stop the strong words of condemnation from the Vatican in regards to the Islamist-led massacre this week.

This cartoon depiction of Mohamed incensed many Muslims as all portrayals of the prophet are strictly forbidden in Islam.

This cartoon depiction of Mohamed incensed many Muslims as all portrayals of the prophet are strictly forbidden in Islam.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
1/8/2015 (4 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Charlie Hebdo magazine, massacre, cartoonists, Vatican, condemnation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Twelve people, including the editor, three cartoonists and two police officers, died in the Parisian attack led by three gunmen.

The massacre is believed to be in response to the magazine's cartoons poking fun at aspects of Islam. "The Prophet has been avenged," one of the attackers was heard declaring.

The Vatican condemned the shootings as a "double act of violence, abominable because it is both an attack against people as well as against freedom of the press."

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Asking for the names of the cartoonists before murdering them, the attackers killed an injured polic

Asking for the names of the cartoonists before murdering them, the attackers killed an injured police officer afterwards.


Asking for the names of the cartoonists before murdering them, the attackers killed an injured police officer afterwards.

Charlie Hebdo magazine had previously depicted Pope Benedict XVI holding a condom. The satirical publication has long been known as poking fun at all political and religious targets. The magazine had been threatened in the past for mocking Islamic-inspired violence.

A representative for the Bishops' Conference of France has expressed his "profound emotion and horror" at the atrocities. Representative Mgr Olivier Ribadeau Dumas said "nothing can justify" such violence.

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"My prayers are with the victims of the tragic events in Paris and their loved ones who will be receiving terrible news today," Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth wrote in a tweet.

Among those killed were 47-year-old Stephane Charbonnier, the magazine's editorĀ  and 57-year-old cartoonist 57-year-old Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac. Jean Cabut, also known as Cabu, and economist and contributor Bernard Maris were also killed by gunfire. Cartoonist Georges Wolinski, in his eighties, also perished. Fellow cartoonist Philippe Honore was a regular contributor who was killed as well as Michel Renaud who was guest editing the magazine.

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