Sunday 4 December 2016

How does anyone make sense of these barbaric actions?

Fr Aidan Troy of St Joseph’s Church in Paris

Published 18/11/2015 | 02:30

Flowers outside the Le Carillon restaurant which was attacked. Photo: Mark Condren
Flowers outside the Le Carillon restaurant which was attacked. Photo: Mark Condren

Nothing prepares people for what happened on Friday night in Paris. The shock is still palpable after the weekend and, while people are going to work and children are going to school, it is not the same Paris that so many love and enjoy. Something has changed.

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On Friday night, three French families had met for a meal in one of their homes and had invited me to join them. It was lovely to be with them and their children. All was going well until I noticed all the phones around the table began to be busy. When my phone began to get messages, I thought it was to do with the European soccer qualifying game in Bosnia. Eventually, one at the table said: "There is a tragedy unfolding in our city of Paris."

Each subsequent message unveiled a new horror. I could see the pain on the faces of these young French parents as they tried to take in what was happening. I only wanted to get back to the church where I live and minister.

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