Elisabeth Auvillain is a French freelance writer who lives in Paris, where she was born and raised. She started her career in London then lived in Austria, Switzerland, Pakistan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany before coming back to France. She worked mainly as a correspondent for the French Catholic daily La Croix and for Radio France Internationale. She is married to American journalist and NCR contributor Tom Heneghan. 

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Lourdes revives from pandemic with a new international dimension

"We had to rethink our presence here": As Lourdes slowly recovers from the pandemic and pilgrims come back to pray, the world-famous Marian sanctuary is taking away experiences in bringing Lourdes to the world.

Chaos in shelters for Ukrainian refugees increases risk of trafficking

"The risks are enormous in Ukraine because war situations make it easier for international and local gangs to find prey," says Loreto Sr. Imelda Poole, president of RENATE, which combats human trafficking in Europe.

In priests' tarnished image, French sisters see opening for bigger role for women, laypeople in church

The shocking revelations of the report on clergy sex abuse have tarnished the image of priests in France. This is one condition suggesting it may be the right time for Catholic sisters to take the lead in pressing for more gender equality in the church. 

Religious institutes in France determined to fight clergy sex abuse

Following a French report investigating sexual abuse of minors by clergy, the religious men and women's conference has established a new committee to hear testimonials of any potential victims of abuse by men and women religious.