59 Worker-priests

During the Second World War a movement arose among Catholic priests that aimed to restore Christianity among the secularized French workers by taking jobs at factories themselves. After the war they increased in number, in a context that included abbé Pierre and his Emmaus movement. ‘Worker priests’ were immortalized in Gilbert Cesbron’s widely acclaimed Les Saints vont en enfer, which Pius XII, fearing political complications, prohibited in 1954.

Les prêtres ouvriers

Les prêtres ouvriers
Paris: Minuit, 1954
Book, 13 x 20