The Archdiocese of Rouen has opened a formal cause for the beatification of Father Jacques Hamel, who was killed by Islamic terrorists last July while he was celebrating Mass in the church of St. Etienne du Rouvray.
Ordinarily the Vatican requires a five-year waiting period after the
death of a candidate before a cause can be opened.
But Pope Francis
waived that rule in the case of Father Hamel, responding to pleas from
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen announced the opening of the
cause during the Chrism Mass in his archdiocese on Holy Thursday.