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Pope Francis with French President Emmanuel Macron in the Apostolic Palace on June 26, 2018.

Pope Francis, Emmanuel Macron talk immigration in first meeting

Jun 26, 2018

By Elise Harris

The heated debate over immigration in Europe was a central topic of discussion in a meeting between Pope Francis and... Read more

Emmanuel Macron.

President of France calls on Catholics to engage politically

Apr 11, 2018

By Courtney Mares

French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of a Catholic voice in the country’s political debates, particularly on bioethical issues,... Read more

French bishops unite in declaration against assisted suicide

Mar 31, 2018

Amid a push to legalize physician-assisted suicide in parts of Europe, 118 French bishops signed a declaration this week promoting... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

French court's decision forces a change of place for John Paul II statue

Mar 2, 2018

A statue of St. John Paul II will be removed from public land in a small French city, after a... Read more

French court orders cross removed from JPII statue

Oct 31, 2017

By Perry West

France’s top administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat has ordered a cross to be removed from a statue of Pope Saint... Read more

A year after his murder, Fr. Jacques Hamel remembered

Jul 25, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

One year after the brutal killing of Fr. Jacques Hamel, French bishops recalled the beautiful example of the man who... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee of Mercy audience June 18, 2016.

Pope urges Macron to strengthen France’s Christian roots

May 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Tuesday Pope Francis sent a telegram to the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, offering his prayers and wishes that... Read more

Emmanuel Macron.

France's new president is a 'zombie Catholic'

May 10, 2017

Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, according to one of his biographers, embodies a new phenomenon in France known as “zombie Catholicism.”  Read more

President Emmanuel Macron.

Catholic bishop urges Macron to fight for France's good

May 9, 2017

After Emmanuel Macron won the presidential elections in France, the head of the country's bishops urged the new leader to... Read more

Catholic doctors protest French law banning 'misleading' pro-life websites

Feb 22, 2017

An international group of Catholic physicians is protesting a law passed by France's parliament last week sanctioning pro-life websites that... Read more

Nuns.

World's oldest Dominican Sister dies at age 110

Feb 21, 2017

A French diocese announced that Dominican Sister Marie Bernardette, the oldest sister in her order, passed away last week at... Read more

French court allows dating website to continue promoting affairs

Feb 14, 2017

A complaint brought by a Catholic group against a dating site that promotes extramarital affairs was thrown out by a... Read more

Pope Francis greets survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack during an audience at the Vatican on Sept. 24, 2016.

Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

Sep 24, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met with survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack on Saturday, urging them to respond with forgiveness and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel Sept. 14, 2016.

Pope Francis: 'killing in the name of God is satanic'

Sep 14, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Referencing the recent murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under... Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral.

Woman charged in foiled attack on Notre Dame cathedral

Sep 12, 2016

A woman was charged over the weekend by French authorities in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to attack Notre... Read more

Burkini.

Overturn of burkini ban does not end France's cultural debate

Aug 29, 2016

By Mary Farrow

The lifting of a controversial burkini ban in one beach town along the French Riviera may signal an end to... Read more

Mary. Artist Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Museu da Casa Brasileira. Wikimedia Commons.

France offering all Assumption Masses for the country's intentions

Aug 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Following the wave of Islamist terror attacks that have bloodied France since last year, the country’s bishops have decided to... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass by Islamic State terrorists July 26, 2016.

A 'cry of hope' after the death of Father Hamel

Jul 29, 2016

At a Mass said for the victims of Tuesday's church attack in France, the Archbishop of Paris appealed for hope... Read more

French bicyclists at St Mary's Cathedral in Krakow's Market Square.

French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Jul 28, 2016

By Kate Veik

Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine... Read more

Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France

Jul 27, 2016

Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to... Read more