Ash Wednesday mass at St. Gervais church in Paris.
(Sunday attendance is higher.) Worship is declining across Europe.
Across Europe,the conflicting currents of secularism, Christianity, and Islam are compelling Europeans to wrestle with their values as never before. In this first installment of a three-part series, the Christian Science Monitor examines the forces that are shaping European identity - and explores why the Continent is debating what role, if any, religion should play in public life....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: As the above photograph illustrates, Christianity in Europe is all but dead. Secularism has failed and the occult has left Europeans spiritually empty. What young Europeans face today is a choice. Either they can return to their Christian roots, or embrace the emerging European Islam. Based on the latest opinion polls, it could go either way.