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Tensions Surface in French Archdiocese After Avignon Archbishop’s Departure

Retiring Archbishop Jean-Pierre Cattenoz (l) led the Archdiocese of Avignon, whose cathedral and Pope’s Palace are shown, for almost 20 years.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Sources indicate that the controversy that preceded Archbishop Jean-Pierre Cattenoz’s recent retirement occurred because of his conservative views, as well as the financial issues highlighted by media reports.