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New guide helps French Catholic-Muslim couples preparing to marry
by Tom Heneghan
A day after Islamic extremists massacred 130 people in Paris last month, a Muslim-Catholic couple married in Lyon. It had to be a civil ceremony because the Muslim family refused to enter a church. Shocked by the attacks, some relatives even asked whether they should go ahead with the ceremony at all.
But they did — and the two families cautiously made contact with each other. By the end of the reception, the ice was broken and the first of many hurdles cleared.
"I told the couple their love had made this possible," said the Rev. Vincent Feroldi, the Catholic priest who helped prepare the marriage. "This is the best testimony one can give the day after these attacks. They showed this horror will not win."
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