202: RED CHRISTIANS #22: TEMOIGNAGE CHRETIEN

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<Témoignage Chrétien> (“Christian Witness”) was a French Christian Socialist movement active in the resistance in WWII. It is also the title of the group’s underground journal which is still produced today. Jesuit Pierre Chaillet launched the publication in November 1941 when France was under German occupation. It issued a strong call to resist Nazism in the name of Christian values. As it was an illegal publication it had to printed in neutral Switzerland.

From  1948 to 1996, it was edited by Georges Montaron who made no bones about opposing France’s continued occupation of its colonial territories. The Magazine and its followers stood for decolonizing Indo China and North Africa, and against torture by french troops in Indo China. The far right responded by physical attacks and bombing of the paper. Over the years, Témognage Chrétien took a public stand on the following issues:

  • Racism
  • Anti-semitism
  • Palestine
  • Worker priests
  • the global justice movement
  • interreligious dialogue
  • Gay marriage

In January 2013 the magazine had a make over, and produced a manifesto with 1000 signatures under the slogan:
<Tu es le gardien de ton frère>
“You are the guardian of your brother”

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Red Christians #19: Charles Péguy

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