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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Break the silence: French bishops start dialogue with children of priests

PARIS - For years, Anne-Marie Mariani and the group she founded, Enfants du Silence, have asked the church to recognize children of priests, many of whom felt illegitimate and were often rejected.

French Catholics raise voices, demand measures to prevent further clergy sex abuse

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.

French cardinal to be acquitted of covering sex abuses in Lyon

One of France's most prominent bishops, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, is likely to be acquitted of charges of not denouncing a priest who sexually abused children between 1971 and 1991.

French sisters shelter women against human traffickers, prostitution

Global Sisters Report: The community of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, or Sisters Adoratrices, was founded in Spain to minister to women who were prostitutes; in France today, the sisters continue to help women who were trafficked from other countries​.