Imam of Oissel Abdellatif Hmito delivers a speech next to a painting depicting French priest Jaxques Hamel during a vigil at the church of Sainte-Therese in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, on July 30, 2016. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
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Muslims across France were invited to participate in Catholic ceremonies Sunday to mourn a priest whose murder by extremist teenagers sparked fears of religious tension.Masses will be celebrated across the country in honor of octogenarian Father Jacques Hamel, whose throat was cut in his church Tuesday in the latest extremist attack on France. Two 19-year-olds, Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean, carried out the attack, which was claimed by ISIS.Prime Minister Manuel Valls called Sunday for a new "pact" with the Muslim community in France, Europe's largest with around five million members. A source close to the enquiry said that a 17-year-old, who had tried to travel to Syria with Kermiche, was arrested in Geneva and sent back to France just a few days before the attack.
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