TERRORISM

Italian plea: 'sainthood now' for slain priest

Rev. Jacque Hamel was killed by two terrorists on Tuesday.

Rev. Jacque Hamel was killed by two terrorists on Tuesday.

An Italian politician on Tuesday urged Pope Francis to put the slain French priest, the Rev. Jacque Hamel, on a fast track for sainthood.

Roberto Maroni, the president of the Lombard region, said in an appeal circulated on social media that "Father Jacques is a martyr of faith" and requested that the pope "immediately proclaim him St. Jacques."

Hamel was killed by two ISIS-linked attackers on Tuesday morning while he was celebrating Mass.

Shortly after Maroni's appeal, the hashtag #santosubito, which translates as "saint immediately," began circulating on Twitter.

The canonization process is a lengthy one involving two miracles attributed to the person's intercession, but in the case of a martyr only one miracle is needed, after beatification. There must first be a declaration by the Vatican that the person indeed died for the faith.