From our diocesan website:
The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle was saddened to hear of the death in tragic circumstances of Fr. Jacques Hamel in the town of St. Etienne-du-Rouvray in France yesterday. He was 86 years old.
The town is twinned with Gateshead and St. Joseph's Church will have a book of condolence available from 11.00am on Friday and over the weekend.
Please pray for the repose of his soul and keep his family also in your prayers. May he rest in peace.
For more information about Fr. Hamel and other parishes that are celebrating Mass for him, please read here.