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French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Jul 26, 2016

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday,... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight. August, 2014.

Pope condemns 'absurd violence' after priest is killed in French church

Jul 26, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 3, 2014.

Pope leads prayers for victims of Nice attack

Jul 17, 2016

By Ann Schneible

On Sunday, Pope Francis led the crowds in St. Peter's Square in prayers for the victims of Thursday's attack in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the diocese of Lyon in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall July 6, 2016.

Pope Francis tells poor they are 'the treasures of the Church'

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures of the Church,”... Read more

Star of David.

France might not have any Jews in the future – and here's why

Jan 17, 2016

By Matt Hadro

An increasingly violent wave of anti-Semitic words and acts in France threatens the very existence of Jewish communities there, one... Read more

Pope Francis.

Using God’s name to justify violence is 'blasphemy,' Pope Francis says

Nov 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

UPDATED: Pope calls Paris terrorist attacks part of 'piecemeal WWIII'

Nov 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The acts of terrorism which took place in Paris Friday night are the latest part in what Pope Francis has... Read more

Police survey the area of Boulevard Baumarchais after an attack in the French capital on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France.

Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Nov 13, 2015

Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.  Read more

A tapestry of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, hanging in St. Peters Square Oct. 16, 2015, in preparation for their canonization on Sunday.

The miracle behind the canonization of the parents of St Therese of Lisieux

Oct 17, 2015

By CNA Staff

Seven-year-old Carmen has an extraordinary story. Because of her Blessed Louis Martin and Zelie Guerin, the parents of Saint Therese... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

French bishops: Don't euthanize paralyzed man

Jul 21, 2015

Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital... Read more

Viviane Lambert, mother of Vincent Lambert, at the Grand Chamber judgement, June 5, 2015.

A warning for Europe: court ruling undermines right to life guarantees for comatose

Jun 9, 2015

The European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision to allow the removal of a comatose French man’s intravenous feeding tube... Read more

American soldiers at a military ceremony at the WWI War Memorial in Lourdes, France on May 16, 2015.

A journey of pain and healing: one US Marine's prayer at Lourdes

May 20, 2015

By Elise Harris

After nearly losing his life in combat nine years ago, retired U.S. Marine Paul McQuigg journeyed to Lourdes with his... Read more

Eucharistic Adoration.

Amid string of break-ins, Bishop of Ars removes Blessed Sacrament from parishes

Feb 18, 2015

Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars in France has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches... Read more

French Flag.

French imams: Muslims must condemn 'barbaric' attack on newspaper

Jan 7, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Two French imams visiting the Vatican have called on Muslims to respond to the deadly attack on the satirical newspaper... Read more

A still image from an amateur video posted on Youtube shows a moment of the assault on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Jan. 7, 2015.

Vatican condemns 'horrible attack' on French newspaper

Pope Francis has voiced his “strongest condemnation” of the “horrible attack” on a French satirical newspaper that published insulting cartoons... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Pope Francis to make apostolic voyage to France in 2015

Oct 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In their announcement of the Pope’s schedule for his visit to the European Parliament next month, the Vatican also revealed... Read more

Euthanasia case heads to French high court

Jun 20, 2014

An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and... Read more