“We do not perpetuate traditions, we reinvent them”

THE BROTHERHOODS (1/6) – With 600 years of existence, this brotherhood of lay Catholics has experienced a new lease of life since the 1990s. Le Figaro met the “living memories” of the “Nice spirit”.

Seated on a terrace in the Old Town, under the midday sun, three accomplices are talking vehemently. In 1860, was the County of Nice in the Kingdom of Piedmont Sardinia “Annex“, Or was it”attached toTo France? Lucien, 80 years old; Françoise, ten less; and Sébastien, 43, share their anecdotes, letting escape, here and there, a word in nissart. If they don’t wear the traditional “cooker hoodOverseas, these three lay people are part of the blue penitents of Nice, a six hundred year old Catholic brotherhood. Lucien Mari, pillar of the historical Nice associations, is the treasurer. Françoise Gastaldi, retired professor of history and geography, joined the brotherhood two years ago. Sébastien Richard, a medievalist historian by training, is their prior. All came down from their villages in the hinterland to open to the Figaro the doors of the Society of the Holy Sepulcher (SSS), the other name of the blue penitents of Nice.

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