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Praise The iLord, When Alms Go Digital

The Quimper-Léon diocese in Britanny just installed electronic terminals to collect donations from church-goers. The purpose of dematerializing transactions? To increase the number of offerings.

'We must adapt to our times'
"We must adapt to our times"
Frédéric Potet

QUIMPER — A church in Finistère, in the western French region of Brittany, has recently equipped itself with several electronic terminals allowing for donations to be made by credit card. Located in the Saint Corentin cathedral, the terminals consist of a touch screen placed on a stand and are biblically simple to use: with a few swipes, worshippers can buy one or more candles for 1 euro each, make a fixed offering (from 2 to 20 euros) or manually enter the amount that will be debited.

"Like everyone else, we realize that cash is disappearing. We must adapt to our times," says Rémi Perrin, the treasurer of the Quimper-Léon diocese. He responded to a request from a Nantes-based startup specializing in religious fundraising, Obole Digitale.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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