Friday, March 31, 2006

Hope for France?

Touchstone reports:
The religious books section at mainstream French bookstores like Gibert Joseph has grown dramatically in size over the last decade, and much of what has been added is serious theology (Gibert Joseph now has a separate bookcase for “Patristics” in its Left Bank store).

Expecting All Saints’ Day to be a national holiday drained of spiritual significance in France, I was surprised to see a religious procession marching down a bustling street that afternoon, with about 80 to 100 people carrying the banners of beloved saints. And for all the talk about the end of patriotic sentiment in Europe, this band of Franco-Europeans displayed an encouraging, though happily not exclusive, predilection for French saints.

More interesting stuff in the article. Not the wonderful news we see in Italy, but glimmers.

h/t: Amy


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