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France’s new president is a ‘zombie Catholic’

Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, according to one of his biographers, embodies a new phenomenon in France known as “zombie Catholicism.” Once among the most Catholic countries in the world, sometimes called the “eldest daughter of the Church,” France has seen serious decline in churchgoing numbers in modern times. While more than 50 percent of people










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Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel is officially opened

The Archbishop of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass The Diocese of Rouen has opened the canonisation Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass last year. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass, where all the diocesan priests were gathered, according to La Croix.










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World’s oldest Dominican Sister dies at age 110

A French diocese announced that Dominican Sister Marie Bernardette, the oldest sister in her order, passed away last week at 110 years of age. The religious sister died Feb. 13, according to the Diocese of Aire-et-Dax, France. Funeral rites for the beloved sister were held in the monastery chapel in the town of Dax where










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French bishop: Demolition of Calais Jungle necessary, but change of mentality towards refugees needed

Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said ‘unhealthy’ conditions meant the transfer of people from the camp was necessary A French bishop defended the demolition of a migrant camp in northern France while urging greater help for displaced refugees and a “change of mentality” toward asylum-seekers. Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras said the transfer of people










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France to ban all Christian symbols in latest attempt to ‘fight the advance of political Islam’

In a desperate attempt to keep Muslim women from wearing their religious garb, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has offered a controversial proposal. The conservative leader suggested all religious clothing and symbols should be banned in France. According to Christian Today, Le Pen made the announcement on Sunday. Should she be elected France’s next










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Pope Francis: ‘killing in the name of God is satanic’

Referencing the recent murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under any form, is a work of Satan. “This cruelty that asks for apostasy, let’s say the word, is satanic,” the Pope said in a homily Sept. 14. “Today in the church there are more Christian










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Three women charged over Notre Dame Cathedral gas canister plot

The women were charged with criminal terrorist association linked to the discovery of the car filled with gas cylinders Three women accused of being part of an ISIS cell that was planning imminent attacks in France will remain in custody after a judge confirmed preliminary charges of terrorism, Paris prosecutors said on Tuesday. The three women










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Pope Francis to celebrate Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel

The 85-year-old French priest was killed by two Islamists while celebrating Mass Pope Francis is to celebrate Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by two Islamist terrorists in July. The murder took place on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as Fr Hamel, 85, was celebrating Mass. According to Rome Reports, the










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‘I can only think of our nuns’: Italian bishop criticises burkini ban

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Secretary-general of the bishops’ conference points out that nuns and ‘peasant grandmothers’ stay covered up at the beach too Bishop Nunzio Galantino, the secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference, has criticised the burkini ban in France, pointing out that religious sisters wear head coverings also. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Bishop Galantino said:










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