O Father Where Art Thou?

DEREK HUDSON for TIME

NEW TO THE FLOCK: Religion is thriving in immigrant communities of all faiths

Follow the ancient pilgrims' trail through the plains of central France and you'll come upon a vision of soaring spires and flying buttresses that sail above the fields like a medieval mother ship. The 13th century Chartres Cathedral is a relic of an era when bishops crowned kings and kings crowned conquests by building monuments to their faith. To Roman Catholics, the cathedral — which has burned down and been rebuilt several times over the centuries — has always been a sacred place. Since the 9th century it has been the home of the Veil of the Virgin Mary, a long...

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