Bishops ask all sides for calm.
The riots reportedly began after the accidental deaths of two teenagers fleeing a police ID check. At press time the rioting had spanned 13 nights and the government had declared a state of emergency in an attempt to end the destruction.
The Union des Organisations Islamiques de France issued a fatwa condemning the riots. The French bishops said they wanted to highlight "all the work being done daily by associations and institutions to create bonds of solidarity for a fraternal common existence." These institutions and their personnel "all should feel they have our total support," the bishops said.
Two Catholic churches were firebombed--at Lens and Lievin in northern France--while a parish rectory was set alight in the southern town of Sete.
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|Title Annotation:||French bishops appealed for restraint on the part of the rioters|
|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Nov 18, 2005|
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