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.
The spirituality of love unites Christians and Muslims working at and being served by Sister Marie Stella's association, which provides support to nearly 1,500 children, mostly orphans from AIDS, and to other people who are living with HIV.
"What support the church provides in normal times no longer exists, is no longer directly accessible," says Sr. Véronique Margron, as France lives under government restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The Hospitaller Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the association she founded, Vivre dans l'Espérance, which cares for orphans and AIDS patients in Dapaong in northern Togo. The development of the association and the discovery of new treatments for HIV/AIDS has led her and her team to apply for nongovernmental organization status at the United Nations.
The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again.