Is Paris Turning? by Matthew W. Maguire

Is Paris Turning?

Some Unexpected Signs of Christian Vitality in Post-Christian Europe

by Matthew W. Maguire

The faithful surround the altar—students, parents, the elderly, and children fill the chairs in the nave, the transept, and the apse. The priest has just welcomed a new catechumen. Now, in his homily, he urges the congregation to remember that in baptism, God is at work: “Baptism is not simply something we choose . . . it is God who calls us. We must be ready to listen to his call and serve him!” The congregation listens intently, and sings its hymns enthusiastically.

At the end of Mass, several people continue to pray, as others move to light candles beneath shrines an . . .