Henry Condemns Molotov Cocktail Attack On Vieux Fort Catholic Church

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Minister for Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment Joachim Henry has condemned Sunday morning’s Molotov cocktail attack in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Vieux Fort.

According to eyewitnesses, a man entered the church and exploded two incendiary devices, sending Parishioners hurrying out of the building.

The eyewitnesses said some individuals in attendance subdued the man.

They identified as the  perpetrator as the same individual who launched a similar attack months ago against the Catholic church in Pierrot, Vieux Fort.

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Police arrived and took the perpetrator into custody after Sunday’s incident while firefighters put out the fire in the church.

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

“We’re looking forward to a society where we are more tolerant as it relates to faith-based organisations – as it relates to people’s belief, as it relates to how people live their lives,” Henry, responsible for ecclesiastical affairs, explained.

“We are different in so many ways but understand we need to embrace our differences and learn to live together. But we strongly condemn what happened at the Catholic Church,” the  Castries South East MP told reporters.

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

“It reminds me of what transpired at the Cathedral so many years ago,” the Minister stated.

On New Year’s Eve, 2000, two men, Kim John and Francis Philip, stormed the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, doused parishioners with petrol, and set them ablaze.

After the attack, a nun and a priest died, and several individuals sustained injuries.

John and Philip pleaded guilty to manslaughter following a Privy Council decision that struck down an original death sentence for murder.

Both are now serving life sentences at Bordelais Correctional Facility.

(Story updated to correct typo in date of Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception attack)

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26 COMMENTS

  1. Let us walk righteousely and speak what is right ; rejects gain from exortion and do not accept a bribe.
    O LORD,be gracious to us ;
    we long for you
    Be our strength every morning
    our SALVATION IN TIME OF DISTRESS.

  2. Get rid of the idols,and come out among them my people”.
    Where the sprit of the LORD is
    there is LIBERTY, PEACE AND CALME !!!

  3. Mr. Minister, you look so sanctimonious behind these Classes, but it hides the roots of some desire of an appearance of that ‘Guy’ and goodness knows, all hell breaks loose. You are cloaked by the coverings of some like Claudius (who the hell need him) saying the intents are not the same? well without politics, he would be eating Green Figs;
    That poor guy with the loos Screw needs some tender loving care, lots of prayer, a mothers’ touch or else he might end up in La Tock eating Copra & Green Figs for the rest of his life.

  4. NEWS FLASH!!!! MY BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITE, GREETINGS & SHALOM TO YOU AND THE 12 SCATTERED TRIBES OF JACOB/ISRAEL SCATTERED ALL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD! RASTAFARIAN IS NOT YOURS NOR WAS IT GIVEN TO YOU NOR WAS HAILE SELASSI GIVEN TO YOU BY GOD/ YA/YAHWEH!!!! JESUS CHRIST WAS GIVEN TO YOU ONLY BY YA!!!! ANYONE ELSE CLAIMING TO BE JESUS CHRIST OR YAHASUA HAMASIAC IS NOT FROM YA!!!! JOHN 3:16!!! PRAISE TO THE ALMIGHTY!!!

    • @ American conjure Witch, hope you can american conjure your sorry tail out of the fires of hell when you’re thrown in there when the clock of your life strikes DONE!!! REPENT and save yourself out of that MESS!!!!! GOD HATES WITCHES, SORCERERS AND OCCULTISM!!! IT’S AN ABOMINATION BEFORE HIM!!! REPENT!!!❤😉

  5. put him inside with Kim John and Francis Philip cause unless another set of people die nothing is going to be done and then people will come and say oh they condemn this and that but what has been put in place so that a reoccurrence of the cathedral does not happen again

  6. Well if Jaochim was at that church service Lava would get 2 shot in his ass . Joachim majored in Western Hypocrasy at college 😂
    The problem with St. Lucia is the poor examples of leaders and 2 cents politicians.
    So you all shut the FXXK up and eat more green figs .

    • @Sarah, it is true that Joachim did what the post are saying he did. So if the people commenting on his behaviour are all Flambeau hacks, the you are in fact saying that Flambeau hacks speak the truth. They say what really happen. Then are you saying that SLP hacks don’t speak the truth or call people names when they speak the truth? Idiots like you @Sarah must stop and think before posting.

  7. I just heard Claude de Ass defending JockHim by saying these two acts were different. Yesterday’s attack was an act of terror while the other was a confrontation on a sensitive matter. He even said that according to the law, a license firearm holder must carry his firearm on person at all times. Is he finally admitting that JockHim did have his firearm on person during his church invasion.

  8. Your condemnation of Lava was so hypocritical, Mr Minister. The first question is why did you even accept that ministry. You didn’t expect your actions to come back and haunt you!? So characteristic of the government that you are a part of.

  9. Weren’t you the same guy who once stormed that SDA Church looking for Guy Joseph, with a loaded Pistol – that was not for firing blanks – isn’t ther another high ranking Minister, never without his packing on his side wherever he goes? what example for the young. It was never like this under George F.L. Charles; we just had shot here and there, fire one and go to bed.

  10. This could have been a good statement by the Minister. That is, until you remember how he stormed a church service carrying a concealed firearm, for all intents and purposes to settle a perceived grievance with a political opponent. Who is to say that him getting away scott-free did not embolden the (2nd) attack by this individual?
    Mr. Henry we know you are a politician, but please spare us your arrogant and sanctimonious hypocrisy. Why didn’t you use this opportunity to apologize to the nation for having done the same thing? Or is it a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”?
    I’m sure your ministry has officials who never invaded churches carrying concealed firearms. A statement from any of them would be much more credible. So, please spare us your hypocrisy in the likely event that someone else decides to follow your example.

  11. Minister please you are no different than LAVA so shut your MC… it reminds you of the Cathedral attack but not your attack on Mr guy so hypocritical LAVA.

  12. Some of yall hypocrites need to know when to shut up. You launched your own human version of a molotov cocktail when you stormed a church and assaulted someone and today you want to take the moral high ground. A fish rots from the head and it is leaders like you who cause this type of behaviour in our society. Boy sit dong and keep quiet. Typical SLP hypocrisy

  13. That Minister went to his own Church before the Election 2021 Specifically for looking for a Fight with the Money Ex Minister. He should allow the Mp Representing VF to comment .

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