Emmanuel Abayisenga, a Rwandan illegal immigrant, confessed on Aug. 9 to murdering the French priest, Olivier Maire, 60, who housed him for several months.

Abayisenga had also confessed to having set fire to Nantes Cathedral on July 18, 2020. An investigation revealed that he entered France in 2012 and had met Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2016, according to Breitbart.

Oliver provided him with accommodation in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, south of Nantes, despite knowing he had burned the Cathedral, but he was stabbed to death by Abayisenga, who was in a psychiatric clinic for a month. 

The confessed criminal was still awaiting trial for the arson attack on the 15th-century cathedral, in which a large 16th-century organ, historic stained-glass windows, and a famous painting were destroyed. He had been free on bail since May.

The bail conditions included surrendering his passport and staying in France, but otherwise, he was free to travel.

Father Olivier, the head of the Montfortian community in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, had agreed to take in the suspect, giving him food and lodging.

Abayisenga was staying in the community formed by missionaries devoted to St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. 

For his part, the French reporter, Arnaud Bédat, shared a photo of Abayisenga being greeted by the Pope at the Vatican in 2016, in one of his tweets in which he presents him as a witness to the genocide that occurred in his country. Bédat rectified the year 2014 appearing in the tweet.

The crimes committed by Abayisenga have revived the unease caused in some social sectors in Europe, and other countries, by the overflowing influx of millions of illegal immigrants.

In this regard, the leader of the National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, wrote: “In France, it is, therefore, possible to be illegal, to set fire to the cathedral, never to be expelled, and to re-offend by murdering a priest,” according to France 24. 

She added: “What is happening in our country is of unprecedented gravity: it is the complete bankruptcy of the State and of [Minister of the Interior] Gérald Darmanin.”

The issue of illegal immigration presents complexities, and Pope Francis is one of the leaders who often express a preference for it.

On the other hand, the wave of destruction experienced by churches of various denominations in several countries is a fact that has drawn attention during recent times.

The devastating fire at the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2019 raised questions about the risks to other historic churches across France. 

These have been the target of a mysterious wave of vandalism that fills French society with consternation.

At least a dozen attacks have besieged the country’s Christian monuments in recent years.

Likewise, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on May 24, 2019, in the evening hours, a fire destroyed part of another Catholic Church by the action of a group of youths.

Also, in the United States, among the violent riots staged by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Vietnamese Baptist Church was completely burned down in October last year for no apparent reason.

As reported by Breitbart, this church was completely burned by protesters overnight, causing its total loss. 

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