“While dialogue may not be able to prevent all atrocities, solidarity in the wake of violence can help to heal communities in the aftermath of trauma”
“Laïcité has increasingly become an expression of French identity. It now acts as a touchstone for ‘le vivre-ensemble’: how French people can live together”
“The Church should take the path of service rather than that of confrontation”, insists Bishop of Valence Pierre-Yves Michel
Polish Bishops ask Vatican to “clarify” accusations against former Pope’s private secretary Cardinal Dziwisz as former nuncio in Paris goes on trial for alleged sex assault
French Bishops say 320 people presented accusations against priests between September 2018 and September 2020
“It is legitimate for a State… to impose measures that are for the benefit of all”, claims Archbishop of Poitiers Pascal Wintzer
In a joint declaration, Islamic leaders decry instrumentalisation of religion “for political, diplomatic or commercial ends”, criticise “unjustified” Muslim calls to boycott French products
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
Nice diocese holds moving rite of reparation, Mass for All Saints in remembrance of three who perished in October 29 tragedy
French Bishops urge fix for “cancerous tumour” of extremism, insist that “despite the pain, Catholics refuse to give in to fear”
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urges EU Church “not to remain on the sidelines” in social reconstruction post-COVID-19
The terrorist attacks in France aren’t just about “religion” – they also involve a whole series of intricate historical, geopolitical and economic factors
Pope mourns aggression “that sowed death in a place of prayer and consolation”: “I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, that they may respond to evil with good”
“Where are the signs of openness, of the end of a clerical self-segregation?”, wonders the “All Women Apostles!” collective
After 18 years at the helm, Archbishop of Avignon trying to “save face” seven months out from likely retirement, laypeople denounce
French laypeople have decried the “huge damage” being done by clericalism, and have demanded a say in a much-needed “rebirth of the Church”.
The struggle of women to occupy important positions in the Church took an important step forward this Friday when the last of seven women “apostles” who are asking for equal treatment in the Church in France was received by the apostolic nuncio in that country, Celestino Migliore.
In wake of the wake of the tragic suicides of clerics, the French Church is tackling the thorny problem of clergy mental health.
The dismantling of the Calais refugee camp in northern France has not put an end to migrants’ dreams of Britain. While waiting for passage across the Channel, thousands of people – families, women, men and children – survive as they can in the forest, in terrible living conditions.
“When there are more women in positions of responsibility in the Church, there will be less abuse”, a would-be female archbishop has affirmed.
“There will be no new relationship with nature without a new human being, and it is by healing the human heart that one can hope to heal the world from its social and environmental unrest,” the Pope has implored.
Female candidates for traditionally male-only Church roles in France have appealed to the example of Jesus in their push for gender justice in Catholicism.
Support for a female candidate for archbishop in France has arrived from the other side of the world, with a group of Catholics in New Zealand saying she has the “knowledge and experience” to take on the role.
Pope Francis’ notion of the “polyhedron” has been hailed as a “fairer and more equitable” way to rethink globalisation post-COVID-19.
The notes of the Hallelujah of July 22nd, which I sang from the second pew of the Madeleine church in the heart of my hometown, Paris, are still echoing in my ears, and the media rabble won’t cover them over. It is a resounding and endless Hallelujah, with a life of its own, which belongs to another dimension.
The nuncio in France is to meet with women ‘apostles’ seeking their place in the Church hierarchy as one of their number, a would-be female bishop, received a death threat.