In the distance, the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière is visible, which is Lyon’s equivalent of the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris. Like the Sacré-Coeur which is located on the Montmartre hill, Lyon’s Basilica is also located on a hill on what is known in Lyon as “the hill that prays,” where the Roman’s originally settled during the 1st Century B.C. The French phrase “un passé qui ne passe pas,” (a past that doesn’t pass) is appropriate for this beautiful city where the more modern buildings are seamlessly integrated with the architectural styles of the old.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière (La Basilique de Fourvière in French) is a basilica in Lyon, France. It was built with private funds between 1872 and 1884. Fourvière is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who saved the city of Lyon from a cholera epidemic sweeping Europe in 1643. Fourviere has always been a popular place of pilgrimage. There has been a shrine at Fourviere dedicated to the Virgin since 1170.
My thoughts are with the victims, survivors and families impacted by ISIS’s terror attacks in Lyon, France, Sousse, Tunisia, and Kuwait City, Kuwait today.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the three different attacks which all occurred earlier today. These events come after ISIS leadership called for such attacks, in the name of the holy month of Ramadan.
In Tunisia, gunmen opened fire on a tourist resort, killing at least 27.
In France, ISIS unsuccessfully tried to blow up an American-owned Lyon factory. They decapitated one worker.
In Kuwait, a bombing was perpetrated on a Shi’ite mosque in Kuwait City. Self-identified as a largely Sunni group, ISIS has perpetrated the systematic murder of Shi’ite Muslims previously.
My heart also goes out to the billions of Muslims whose holy month of Ramadan has been taken and twisted by the so-called “Islamic State.” The billions of Muslims who ISIS does not represent, and who will experience discrimination and hatred because of the actions of a few murderous extremists who have stolen and convoluted Islam to their own ends.