A refugee involved in the Nantes cathedral arson killed a priest

A Catholic priest was murdered in France, and the head of the Interior Ministry Gerald Darmanen went to the place of the tragedy. He announced this on Twitter on August 9.

“Expressing my full support to all Catholics in our country after the murder of a priest in Wanda. I am on my way there,” he wrote.

According to BFMTV, the priest’s body was found in the town of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvres. A man came to the police in the municipality of Mortagne-sur-Sèvres to confess to the murder of the priest.

It turned out that the suspect, Rwandan refugee Emmanuel Abeyssenga, was involved in the arson of the cathedral in Nantes in 2020. He had previously been found guilty of setting fire to the cathedral, where he had volunteered to help the clergy. He explained his actions at the time as a desire to avenge the fact that he had been deprived of his residence permit in France. He was notified back in 2019, but has not left France since then.

As Darmanen explained, this was not possible because the man is still under judicial control in the arson case.

According to franceinfo, the 60-year-old priest was killed in his room on the grounds of the Montfortian community, where the refugee was sheltered.

The fire at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Nantes took place on July 18. last year. The fire destroyed stained glass windows and an ancient organ, and irretrievably lost several relics of Nantes’ history.

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul was laid as early as 1434 and took 457 years to build. It is one of the largest Gothic churches in Brittany and all of France.

Last October 31, it became known that an Orthodox priest had been wounded in a shooting in Lyon, France. The attack took place near the church at about 4 p.m. when the priest was locking the church door. On November 9, the alleged perpetrator was charged with attempted murder.