was of paramount importance. Thus, in September 1944, in his efforts to reassert the power of the central authority, he had toured the provinces, making a point of meeting not only Saliège and Gerlier, but even Feltin; in his native city of Lille he had attended a mass at which Cardinal Liénart officiated, despite the visible coolness between them. In May 1945, at a service to mark the end of the war in Europe, he had been received at the portico of Notre Dame by Cardinal Suhard, whom he had spurned a few months previously. There was thus a partial reconciliation.
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