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Muslim worshippers gather in front of the memorial at the Saint Etienne church, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, Friday, July 29, 2016.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Muslims join Catholic Mass in Europe in solidarity

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Muslims Attend Mass In Honor of Slain Priest

Muslims across Europe joined Catholics for Sunday Mass in a show of solidarity after terrorists held a French church hostage and killed a priest Tuesday.

We are very moved by the presence of our Muslim friends and I believe it is a courageous act that they did by coming to us.
Dominique Lerun, archbishop of Rouen

Outside the church, a group of Muslims were applauded when they unfurled a banner: "Love for all. Hate for none."

Many of the Muslims in attendance were part of a minority Islamic sect called Ahmadiyya, which does not regard Muhammad as the final prophet, contrary to most branches of Islam.

I find this very heartwarming. I am confident...It will maybe relaunch us better than politics can do. Maybe we will react in a better way.
Jacqueline Prevot, churchgoer

Similar gatherings were held throughout France and Italy.

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