The archbishop of Chieti-Vasto told ANSA on Friday that a call on Muslims to join Christians in church this Sunday in condemnation of Islamist terrorism after extremists murdered a Catholic priest during Mass last Tuesday near Rouen in France is "a very beautiful sign, one we were waiting for". "It means believers of all religions, and especially Christians and Muslims, condemn violence in the name of God and consider it false and contrary to all religious inspiration," said Monsignor Bruno Forte.

Italy's Islamic Religious Community (COREIS) said earlier in the day it would send delegates to churches and parishes across Italy on Sunday, July 31, "to bear witness to spiritual brotherhood".

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