Pope receives French Muslim leaders at the Vatican



The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) met with Pope Francis on November 3. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, which brings together 200 leaders from different religions.

The delegation was accompanied by Michel Dubost, the Bishop of Evry and president of the Council for Interreligious Relations of the Bishops’ Conference of France, and Vincent Feroldi, director of National Services for Islam Relations (SNRM).

It’s not the first time French Muslim leaders have met with the current Pope. A delegation was received by the Vatican in January 2015, which coincided with the the Paris attacks. The most recent meeting follows the terror attack in July, when a priest, Jacque Hamel, was murdered in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

The meeting came with “highly symbolic significance, to send a message of harmony and fraternity,” said the CFCM president.


The Father of Child-Bride Sentenced to One Year in Prison

The father of a 14 year-old girl married in a Muslim religious ceremony in Evry at 14 in 2000 was sentenced to 30 months (with a 12-month prison sentence) for being complicit this underage marriage. On February 11, 2009, the husband of the young girl, then a 21-year old Moroccan who had paid between 300-450 Euros for the girl, was sentenced to two-years in prison. The original accusations were of rape and sequestration, but these were reformulated after long deliberation in court. The female companion of the girl’s father, who purchased the wedding dress and gave the girl birth control pills was also sentenced to 2 months in prison for her participation.