The editorial of the week of 15/04/2022 with Camille: Easter, presidential elections, Nigeria, Notre-Dame

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

Easter will be celebrated this Sunday, April 17. A Christian holiday that highlights the war in Ukraine. 

In a letter sent to the Russian and Ukrainian Presidents, the President of the Commission of the Episcopates of the European Community (Comece), Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and the President of the Conference of European Churches (Cec), Pastor Christian Krieger, called for a truce in Ukraine for Easter from midnight on Sunday April 17 until midnight on April 24, the day on which the Orthodox celebrate this feast.

A request that echoes the call of Pope Francis who, on Sunday April 10, asked that arms be laid down for an “Easter truce”. He also called for this "truce" to be a first step towards peace and "real negotiation".

It is also the wish of Franklin Graham who also wrote a letter to Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky submitting the same request. Billy Graham's son is expected in Ukraine on Sunday to preach on Jesus, "the Prince of Peace", a message that, according to him, "the whole world needs to hear".

French voters were summoned on Sunday April 10 for the first round of presidential elections. Outgoing President Emmanuel Macron came out on top with 27,84% of the vote. He will face in the second round the candidate of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen who won 23,15% of the vote.

A study by Ifop commissioned by the daily La Croix reveals that Christians were largely present in the first round of this presidential election since 83% of Protestants and 82% of practicing Catholics went to vote. Figures higher than the national average which is 74,9%.

In a statement released Wednesday, the bishops of France have called on the Catholic faithful to go to the polls for the second round of this election. If they do not give instructions, they urge to vote "in conscience, in the light of the Gospel and the social doctrine of the Church".

Each week we offer you a focus on a country where Christians are victims of persecution. This week Nigeria. 

The April 6, around XNUMX protesters took to the streets in Jos, capital of Plateau State, to demand justice for persecuted Christians.

Yet the following Sunday fresh attacks in several communities in the Kanam region of Plateau State have left at least 142 dead and 156 injured, while 70 people have been abducted. The founding president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, denounces a "critical level" of insecurity in the country.

The editorial of the week concludes with an augmented reality exhibition on Notre-Dame de Paris.

Until July 17, browse through augmented reality the history of Notre-Dame. From its construction to the fire that devastated it in 2019, through many historical events that it has witnessed and set. A free exhibition to discover at the Collège des Bernardins.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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