Henry condemns Molotov cocktail attack on Vieux Fort Catholic Church

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Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Joachim Henry has condemned Sunday morning’s Molotov cocktail attack on the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Catholic Church in Vieux Fort.

According to eyewitnesses, a man entered the church and detonated two incendiary devices, sending parishioners rushing out of the building.

Eyewitnesses said some of those present overpowered the man.

They have identified as the perpetrator the same individual who launched a similar attack months ago against Pierrot’s Catholic Church, Vieux Fort.

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Police arrived and arrested the attacker after Sunday’s incident while firefighters put out the blaze in the church.

“The ministry strongly condemns such an act,” Joachim Henry told reporters on Monday on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting.

“We look forward to a society where we are more tolerant when it comes to faith-based organizations — when it comes to people’s beliefs, when it comes to how people live their lives,” explained Henry, business manager. clerics.

“We are different in many ways, but understand that we have to accept our differences and learn to live together. But we strongly condemn what happened to the Catholic Church,” the MP for Castries Sud-Est told the journalists.

Henry said he didn’t have all the details but understood it was not the first time the individual involved in Sunday’s attack had done such an act.

“It reminds me of what happened at the cathedral so many years ago,” the minister said.

On New Years Eve 2020, two men, Kim John and Francis Philip, stormed the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, doused parishioners with gasoline and set them on fire.

After the attack, a nun and a priest died and several people were injured.

John and Philip pleaded guilty to manslaughter following a Privy Council decision that overturned an initial death sentence for murder.

Both are currently serving life sentences at the Bordelais Correctional Institution.

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Martha J. Finley