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As soon as reports appeared on the Paris attacks, the global faith community turned to Twitter to express solidarity for those who suffered and to pray for the victims and their families. Catholic News Agency offered an early tweet: “Join us as we #PrayForParis.” I retweeted their tweet: “Catholic News Agency calls for prayer for […] Read More

It’s been the focus of much coverage this summer, but beyond the headlines what’s life like for those living in the Calais “jungle,” a makeshift migrant camp near the French coastal city? And is there anything those moved by the unfolding humanitarian situation a few miles from the United Kingdom’s shores can do to help? […] Read More

The United Kingdom’s government has been asked to “adopt language which better reflects the British values of compassion, hospitality and respect for human dignity” in its discussions on the situation in Calais, France. In a statement issued by the Joint Public Issues Team, Baptist Union General Secretary Lynn Green joined leaders from four other denominations […] Read More

CHESNAY, FRANCE (RNS) Past clusters of houses and frozen fields in this Paris suburb, the Palace of Versailles sparkles in the evening sun. But Mayor Philippe Brillault has his eyes set on a different landmark: an abandoned, asbestos-choked power plant. It is the spot where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would like […] Read More

PARIS (RNS) Police arrested several veiled Muslim women Monday (April 11) and protests continued to spread as France’s controversial ban against the full-face veil came into force. At least two women wearing the face-covering veil, or niqab, were reportedly arrested at a small protest in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in downtown Paris, along with […] Read More

WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France, and he urged European governments to do more to integrate the continent’s Gypsy minorities. “There are substantial Roma communities in all European countries, not just Romania and Bulgaria,” said Virgil Bercea, the Greek Catholic bishop of Oradea. “When the […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an apparent criticism of France’s mass deportation of Roma (Gypsy) immigrants, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday (Aug. 22) urged French-speaking Catholics to accept legitimate human diversity and practice universal fraternity. The pope made his remarks, which did not explicitly refer to the French policy, following his weekly Angelus prayer at the […] Read More

GENEVA (RNS/ENInews) World Christian leaders are paying tribute to the ecumenical Taize community in eastern France, which is marking the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz, who died in 2005. In a message in advance of the Saturday (Aug. 14) commemoration, Pope Benedict XVI described Schutz as a pioneer in […] Read More

Driven by reports of brutal schoolyard bullying, several French companies launched insurance plans last year that would reimburse students for almost anything from stolen textbooks to ripped clothing. Driven by reports of brutal schoolyard bullying, several French companies launched insurance plans last year that would reimburse students for almost anything from stolen textbooks to ripped […] Read More