The four-day papal journey to France in September came off seamlessly. Benedict XVI arrived at Orly on Friday, September 12, and was received at the Elysée by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Later, he gave a much-anticipated talk to 640 French intellectuals in the great hall of the newly inaugurated Collège des Bernardins. At the end of the full day, he preached a homily and sang vespers at Notre-Dame.
On Saturday, September 13, Benedict spoke...
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Steven Englund has been writing about France for Commonweal for nearly four decades. He is currently writing a book on comparative political anti-Semitism in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and France, in the period between 1870 and 1920.