Sad news of the death on 27 December 2023 of former European Commission president and architect of economic and monetary union of the European Union, Jacques Delors.
On 12 September 1943, a “bomb” exploded in France, Robert Dumont wrote of the initial publication of Henri Godin and Yvan Daniel’s classic work, France, pays de mission?.
Another letter today, this time from my own collection of papers and documents, a letter written by the French philosopher, Léon Ollé-Laprune, a great influence both on Marc Sangnier and the Sillon movement as well as on Cardijn himself.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of French Catholic philosopher and theologian, Alphonse Gratry.
In 2017, the JOC in Lille in northern France celebrated the 90th anniversary of its foundation in 1927, which makes it one of the oldest movements in the world.
“It was at Reims that the YCW of France received its baptism from the successor of St Remi,” Cardijn once said with reference to a 1927 conference at which he had spoken.