Belgium has emerged as a hub for extremists, including those involved in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. But the seeds of the country's dysfunction have been long in the making.
The yearlong pilgrimage emphasizes the theme of Francis’ papacy. Francis has worked to change the image of the Roman Catholic Church to merciful and welcoming rather than its reputation for moralizing and casting judgement.
Despite early security warnings and recent attacks on Jews in France, Parisians turned out by the thousands to kindle the Eiffel Tower menorah.