New guide helps French Catholic-Muslim couples preparing to marry

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The cover of a French Catholic magazine for volunteers who prepare young couples for marriage. The headline says: "Islamic-Christian Marriage - Catholic and Muslim: questions about a project for life". Religion News Service photo by Tom Heneghan

The cover of a French Catholic magazine for volunteers who prepare young couples for marriage. The headline says: "Islamic-Christian Marriage - Catholic and Muslim: questions about a project for life". Religion News Service photo by Tom Heneghan

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PARIS (RNS) A day after Islamic extremists massacred 130 people in Paris last month, a Muslim-Catholic couple married in Lyon. Behind them was a loose network of Catholic and Muslim volunteer counselors who meet regularly to help young couples prepare for marriage problems most other French their age can hardly imagine.

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  • Be Brave

    “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.”

    Talk about “writing on the wall.”

    That says it all about Muslims and Islam being inclusive and tolerant “neighbors.” And these people are going to be her relatives.

    Hopefully this woman can escape the inevitable horror that seems more than likely to be coming her and her children’s way.

  • Andrew

    Total insanity. The Church should not sanction this abomination.

  • Hmm…I’m somewhat confused here…I was under the obviously mistaken impression that Christians weren’t supposed to be…”unequally yoked with unbelievers”…(2nd Corinthians 6:14); certainly there can be no union more intimate than marriage,given that the Lord our God considers Himself married to His Blood-bought people,singular AND corporate,so…again,can one be disobedient to Almighty God for the sake of human love? Will it be worth it? Can the love we are called to have for Our Saviour be surpassed by ANY degree of human love,no matter how seemingly beautiful and desirable? Mull and reflect,people!!

  • Ben in oakland

    Love God and love your neighbor– the two greatest commandments. Who said that?

    Someone obviously not very important to modern Christians of a certain type.