Religion: Church & State In France

Four cardinals, 21 archbishops and 79 bishops gathered last week in Paris' Institut Catholique. It was the first full meeting of France's Roman Catholic hierarchy since 1907, when vigorous anticlericalism had placed the church on the defensive, deprived it of state support.

Today, the Roman Catholic Church in France is working hard to regain its lost influence—notably in the Mission de France and the Mission de Paris (TIME, Feb. 27, 1950), which train priests to live and work in overalls side by side with the peasants and factory workers they serve. "The church,"...

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