The editorial of the week of 15/07/2022 with Camille: Vel d'Hiv, July 4th killings, Myanmar, Jesus Festival

On Sunday August 23, 1942, the Archbishop of Toulouse, Jules Géraud Saliège, had a letter of protest read in most of the churches in his diocese to denounce the treatment reserved for Jews under the Vichy regime. 

While the 80th anniversary of the Vélodrome d'Hiver roundup will be celebrated on Saturday July 16, the chief rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia, has asked that this letter be read in the country's synagogues.

During the commemoration of the Rafle du Vel d'Hiv, President Emmanuel Macron will deliver an “offensive speech” against anti-Semitism on Sunday and "historical revisionism", the Elysée announced on Wednesday.

Unfortunately the fight against racism and anti-Semitism is still topical. Although the situation today is incomparable with that of the Vichy regime, crimes and offenses of a racist, xenophobic or anti-religious nature reported to law enforcement were on the increase in 2021.

To combat this phenomenon, the government announced on Tuesday that it would pay 400.000 euros each year for three years to the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra).

On July 4 in Highland Park, Illinois, as a crowd gathered to celebrate Independence Day in the United States, a gunman opened fire with an assault weapon, killing 7 and at least 30 injured.

8-year-old Cooper Roberts was one of the victims of this attack, he is now a paraplegic. A spokesperson for the Roberts family launched a call to prayer for the little boy who underwent several operations.

We told you last Friday about another little boy, Aiden McCarthy, 2 years old, survivor of the shooting who lost both his parents during the tragedy. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the young orphan, more than $3 million has already been raised.

In Myanmar, the Christian-majority Chin State continues to be targeted by attacks from the military junta. An airstrike left two dead in early July.

This incident comes less than a month after the country's bishops called on the Myanmar military to respect human life and end the violence. On June 11, they notably recalled that “human dignity and the right to life can never be compromised”.

La first edition of the Jesus Festival took place last weekend in Paray-Le-Monial. For three days, nearly 4 Christians of all ages and different persuasions, Evangelicals, Catholics and Protestants celebrated the name of Jesus together in a festive and family event. 

I was there with another member of the InfoChrétienne team, Benjamin Célérier to film our next immersive report that you will be able to discover in a few days.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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