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French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, exit a polling booth adorned with curtains displaying the colors of the flag of France before casting their ballot for the European Parliament election at a polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, on June 9, 2024.

French euthanasia bill on hold as Macron calls ‘snap election’

Jun 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Reims Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort said earlier this year that the measure would “shift our entire health care system toward... Read more

Bishop Mariano Crociata meets with Pope Francis on March 23, 2023.

Bishop exhorts Catholics to ‘build a better Europe’ in EU elections on Sunday

In his exhortation, Bishop Mariano Crociata called on voters to exercise their obligation as citizens “responsibly, choosing candidates and parties.” Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matalgalpa, Nicaragua.

Imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop nominated for European Parliament human rights award

Sep 25, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The European Parliament announced the nominees for the 2023 Sakharov Prize, which honors persons and organizations who defend human rights... Read more

Pope Francis on the morning of June 7, 2023 shortly before heading to the hospital for abdominal surgery greets pilgrims at his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis sends message from hospital to European political party

Jun 11, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a letter to the European People’s Party, the pope urged politicians to be united on “issues where primary ethical... Read more

Elisabeth Ohlsen.

EU Parliament criticized for displaying ‘vulgar’ depictions of Jesus and apostles

May 4, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

An art exhibit at the European Union’s Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium, has prompted criticism from conservative politicians in Italy. Read more

Installation of the first Nativity scene in the European Parliament

European Parliament displays Nativity scene for first time in its history

Dec 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Until now, officials of the European institution had considered it “potentially offensive.” Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

European Parliament calls on Vatican to support Cardinal Zen

Jul 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

The European Parliament has called on the Vatican "to give full support to Cardinal Zen" and told the Holy See... Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

'Women deserve better': Experts criticize EU Parliament resolution on ‘right to abortion’

Jul 7, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Legal experts have called “inaccurate and misleading” a proposed resolution by the European Parliament to include a “right to abortion”... Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014.

Catholic leader criticizes EU Parliament for backing motion on US abortion law

Jun 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

The motion secured 364 votes in favor, 154 against, and 37 abstentions. Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Catholic bishops’ commission: EU parliament resolution on US abortion law is ‘unacceptable interference’

Jun 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

COMECE said that adopting the resolution would ‘discredit’ the European Parliament. Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

European Parliament backs persecution report criticized by Catholic Church

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

COMECE said the report ‘rendered invisible’ millions of believers persecuted for their faith. Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron.

Pro-life group criticizes Macron’s call to add abortion to rights charter

Jan 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The French president made the appeal in a speech to the European Parliament. Read more

Emmanuel Macron.

Emmanuel Macron calls for abortion to be added to EU rights charter

Jan 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

He made the appeal after the election of a pro-life politician as president of the European Parliament. Read more

Pope Francis meets with David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis sends condolences for death of European Parliament president

Jan 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Sassoli’s funeral will be held in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs in Rome on... Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Afghanistan’s Christians ‘completely ignored’ in European Parliament resolution

Sep 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

ADF International estimates that 10,000 Christians face danger in Afghanistan. Read more

The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest.

Could Hungary find an unexpected ally in the Holy See?

Jul 10, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The country is under fire for a new law touching on homosexuality. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Vatican ‘foreign minister’: ‘We are against the idea that abortion could be a human right’

Jul 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Paul Gallagher made the comment during a trip to Portugal. Read more

European Parliament.

Catholic groups criticize abortion report backed by European Parliament

Jul 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fourteen organizations said they stood united in the defense of human life. Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, in St. Peter’s Square, Oct. 10, 2019.

Vatican cardinal: Europeans must ‘reawaken consciences’ after abortion vote

Jun 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Sandri said the vote marked “a dangerous anthropological drift.” Read more

Pope Francis meets with David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis meets European Parliament president after abortion vote

Jun 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The conversation “focused on the need to protect the weakest and most vulnerable.” Read more