The editorial of the week of October 22 with Camille: Samuel Paty, Christians and politicians, persecutions, miracle in Uganda

Discover the editorial of the week with Camille on video to discover the subjects which animated the Christian sphere this week from articles published on the InfoChrétienne site.

The last weekend was marked by the first anniversary of the assassination of Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography savagely beheaded last year in front of his college.

Saturday, October 16, one year to the day after his death, a national tribute was paid to him.

The same day, a couple of teachers from the Aix-Marseille academy have received death threats. According to information from the Marseille prosecutor's office, the couple received several letters, one of them contained a photo of Samuel Paty.

This week, we also spoke to you about several political personalities, Christian or not, but always in contexts linked to Christianity, to the faith or to the Church. 

On the occasion of a official visit to the Vatican which took place on Monday, October 18, Prime Minister Jean Castex met Pope Francis.

As tradition dictates, the minister had several presents for the Argentine pontiff, a copy of the first edition of Victor Hugo's work, Notre Dame de Paris, as well as a signed jersey by Lionel Messi.

During their discussions, the Sauvé report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in France was mentioned in particular. An action described as "courageous" by the Pope who rejoices that there is no “denial” in this context.

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Alexei Navalny, one of the main opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin who previously revealed his conversion to Christianity, is the 2021 Sakharov Prize laureate awarded by the European Parliament for its “constant campaign against the corruption of the regime of Vladimir Putin”.

David Amess is a British MP, last Friday around noon he was the victim of a terrorist attack while in the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, east London. Attacked with a knife, the 69-year-old Conservative Party member succumbed to multiple injuries.

 News that offers us a very sad transition to one of the flagship topics of our site: the cause of persecuted Christians. 

On Saturday, a group of 17 missionaries, sixteen Americans and one Canadian, were kidnapped in Haiti. Among them, an 8 month old baby and four children aged 3, 6, 14 and 15.

The gang of 400 Mazowo, at the origin of this kidnapping, asked a million dollar ransom, or more than 860 euros, for each of them.

We told you last week that a survey of Christian missionaries had been requested by the Indian state of Karnataka.

The Archbishop of Bangalore denounces "a futile, useless and dangerous exercise". Rather, it invites the government to "Count the educational institutions and health centers managed by Christian missionaries" so that he realizes the “service rendered by the Christian community to society”.

Last Thursday a deadly shooting took place in Beirut, amid tensions over an investigation into last year's massive explosion.

Dance what contexts, the Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan affirms to be "very very afraid" that if this crisis continues "it will be the end of Christians in Lebanon and the Middle East in a few years".

To conclude this editorial of the week on a positive note, discover on our site the story of Victor, a little Ugandan boy.

Often sick, the little boy suffered from a congenital heart defect, unfortunately the operation he needed is not available in his country.

Thanks to the Children's Heart Project of Samaritan's Purse, the charity founded by Franklin Graham, it was finally organized.

Victor is now healed, as his family praises God for this blessing, more and more members of his village are turning to the Lord.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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