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Francois Hollande never took up the traditional honour. But his successor has surprisingly strong Catholic sympathies

Christian imagery has inspired a major fashion exhibition in New York

Christians shouldn’t hold their breath, but change may yet be possible

The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit has prompted a debate in the UK which wouldn’t happen in an absolute monarchy

Many Western observers fail to understand the religious side of the debate

Don’t expect the country to turn to Western-style secularism any time soon

Archbishop Georges Pontier’s call for a national unity will likely go unheeded as the nation heads for strikes and social unrest

Trump’s populism and Macron’s haughty liberalism are, in substance, not significantly different

French Catholics played a surprisingly large role in the campaign. They now have a fight on their hands

He was mocked as a miserablist, but he brought beauty out of the gloom