Pope announces he will fast-track the sainthood process for French priest killed at his altar by Muslim terrorists

Pope Francis has put a French priest knifed to death at his altar by Islamist militants in July on the fast track to possible sainthood.

A special mass was held yesterday to purify the church where 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was killed.

At the service the Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, said Pope Francis had set aside the period normally imposed after someone’s death before the process of beatification can start.