Posts Tagged ‘President Emmanuel Macron’

“Covid pass” for many venues, but not for Mass

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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Italy and France have introduced a “Covid pass” requiring citizens to show they have been vaccinated before being admitted to most indoor venues. So far, both countries have excluded the need for passes to be shown before attending Mass! The Italian government rolled out new rules requiring citizens to present a ‘Green Pass’ to be Read more

History teacher’s murder by Islamist group prompts rapid response from Paris

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

France’s president Emmanuel Macron says a teacher’s murder last week was the work of domestic militant Islamist group. The murdered teacher, Samuel Paty, had discussed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed with his class earlier this month. After the murder, 16 people were initially detained, by police. They included members of the killer’s family and five Read more

Emmanuel Macron denounces Islamists’ politico-religious project in France

Monday, October 5th, 2020

In a key speech, the French President Emmanuel Macron has outlined plans to halt the growing influence of radical Islamists in France, warned that some were pursuing an organised “politico-religious” project in sports clubs and youth groups to indoctrinate youngsters and adopting separatist behaviour in some workplaces. Speaking in Les Mureaux, north west of Paris Read more

Protests erupt over Beirut’s deadly explosion

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The deadly explosion in Beirut last week was followed by a wave of protests erupting in central Beirut. Many Lebanese citizens are blaming their leaders’ incompetence, for the deadly explosion that leveled the city’s main port last Tuesday. The blast sent a shock wave through Lebanon’s capital, destroyed entire neighborhoods, killed at least 154 people, Read more

Hard-hats de rigueur at Notre Dame’s first Mass

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Everyone sported hard hats at the first mass at Notre Dame since fire broke out beneath its roof on 15 April. The archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, led the service which was held in an undamaged side-chapel behind the choir. Saturday – the day the mass was celebrated – is the anniversary of the church altar’s consecration. Read more

Notre Dame – the fast-track to restoration

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The French government’s aim to fast-track Notre Dame’s restoration has gained impetus, with a bill designed to speed up the famous cathedral’s reconstruction going before parliament in a few weeks. The cathedral was badly damaged in a fire on 15 April. The bill will allow the government to pass emergency orders regarding Notre Dame so Read more

Fertility treatment for gay, single women debated

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Proposals to offer fertility treatment to lesbian couples and single women would harm society by removing fatherhood from the lives of children say French bishops. France’s highest bioethics body, the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE), sees the issue differently. Under the current law, technologies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and artificial insemination are restricted Read more

France’s President receives Catholic honorary title from Pope

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has been given an honorary title by Pope Francis. Macron visited the Vatican to accept an inherited title of the “First and Only Honorary Canon” of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. St John Lateran is the pope’s cathedral in his capacity as bishop of Rome. Under a tradition that began Read more

Slain French gendarme compared to Joan of Arc

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Arnaud Beltrame, the French gendarme who died saving hostages’ lives at a supermarket siege last week, was given a state funeral in Paris. In tribute to Beltrame, President Emmanuel Macron made reference to Joan of Arc, members of the French resistance and others who had died for the country. Beltrame, who was a devout Catholic, Read more