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Saint Sarah statue in Notre Dame de la Mer in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France. Photo by Kuebi

The church of the Roma

More than once I have heard sane, supposedly liberal people say something like this: “Hitler tried to exterminate the Jews and the gypsies. What he did to the Jews was dreadful.” The speaker’s omission is telling.

In many European countries, gypsies—the Roma people—are major targets of xenophobia. What is perhaps little known is that Europe’s Roma are overwhelmingly Christian and becoming steadily more so.

 

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