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French Christians pray in front of closed churches in France

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The second lockdown in France did not spare the churches again, but this time social resistance is greater. Entire families, but most of all young Catholics, deprived of Sunday Masses, gathered in public places for common prayers around closed churches. It was the case in the courtyard in front of St. Louis of Versailles, where up to one thousand people gathered.


Contrary to what happened this spring, the French Church questioned the government decision to close down places of worship once again.

“We acknowledge it, but for many people, it can lead to misunderstandings and suffering. As a result of the questioning of freedom of religion, Catholics cannot participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of the Christian life. (…) Our society needs God more than ever to face its fears and uncertainties,” said the ordinary of Toulon, and commented on by Fr. Dominique Rey, Archbishop of Toulon.

No wonder that the faithful do not agree with the decision of the government and the Council of State. Many of them doubt the good intentions of the government and see the ban on the Mass as another blow to the Church. Some even suggest inspiration from Freemasons.

It is worth adding that during the first wave of the pandemic in March, the convention of Evangelicals in Mulhouse was blamed for the high number of Covid cases in the country.



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