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November 12, 2017   •   

France and Poland at Loggerheads Over Statue of Pope John Paul

World attention was attracted to the town of Ploërmel in Brittany last week when France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, ruled that a large cross over the nearly 25-foot statue of Pope John Paul in prayer be removed, for contravening a 1905 law banning any “religious sign or emblem” in a public space.