How New Yorkers and Parisians Reacted Differently to Attacks on Their City

One priest who helped victims of the Paris attacks remembers his own experience helping communities in New York after 9/11.

CHR Comment: Rev. Jean-Christophe Bieselaar was a priest serving in New York City in 2001 and currently serves as a chaplain in Paris. He describes how Americans look to the Lord as a refuge in times of crisis whereas the French tend to ask why God allows terrible things to happen. New York churches were full in 2001, with people standing in line to enter. Church attendance in Paris has jumped but the response is not nearly as great as was seen in New York.

Source: How New Yorkers and Parisians reacted differently to attacks on their city | Public Radio International


Polish Conservatives Backed by Roman Catholic Church

Poland took a decisive turn to the right in its parliamentary election Sunday, tossing out the centrist party that had governed for eight years for a socially conservative and Euroskeptic party that wants to keep migrants out and . . .

CHR Comment: The article briefly mentions that the Law and Justice Party was seen as backed by the Roman Catholic Church, though the story does not explain who was seeing things that way. Poland has been a strongly Catholic country since the Counter Reformation and the church has always had a significant influence there. Hopefully there will be another story that clarifies the church’s role in the politics.

Source: Exit Poll: Right-wing party wins Poland’s parliamentary vote