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Catholic & Protestant Leaders Meet in Convent Near Paris to Explore Reconciliation

Colloquy of Poissy

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Catholic and Protestant (Huguenot) leaders met at the Colloquy of Poissy, convened near Paris, in order to explore possibilities for reconciliation. This council develops a 1562 edict which offers greater freedom to French Protestants.

The meetings are held in the refectory of the convent of Poissy and are opened today by the king, Charles IX of France, who is only 11 years old.

The Council of Trent is already meeting in order to decide on the Catholic reaction to the Protestant reformation, and so Pope Pius IV objects strongly to the French holding their own, independent conference.

Catherine de' Medici, the Catholic queen-mother and regent, ignores his protests and proceeds anyway — the general consensus among both Catholics and Calvinists is that the French best understand the French situation, so the French are best suited to coming up with a solution to French religious disputes.

As a consequence, even French Catholics become increasingly disenchanted with the Vatican, however strong their disagreements with the Huguenots may be.

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