“This horror is beyond logic. A religion to arm the hands of terrorists blinded by hatred,” said Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece, Ieronymos on Saturday, following the shooting of a Greek priest in Lyon, France.
Father Nikolaos Kakavelakis, a Greek citizen, was shot twice by an unknown man at around 4 p.m. local time as he was closing the church in the city’s seventh arrondissement, police told FranceInfoTV.
Following the two Islamist terrorist attacks in Nice and Avignon, the shooting of the Greek priest appears to be linked to religious fundamentalists, French police said.
“This horror is beyond logic. A religion to arm the hands of terrorists blinded by hatred,” Archbishop Ieronymos told Athens Macedonian Press Agency. “Of extremely intolerant and fanatical people, fundamentalists of violence and death, who use a religion as a bullet aimed at the heart of freedom, religious freedom of others in particular. As a weapon to eliminate all opposing views in the civilized world where every person has the inalienable right to express it, as a knife that slaughters human rights.”
The Archbishop has contacted the Metropolitan of France, Emmanuel, in order to express his sorrow for the assassination of the Orthodox priest of Greek nationality who served in the city of Lyon in southeastern France.