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Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on Aug. 23, 2023.

Pope Francis: People — not machines — are the value of work

Aug 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

He also said businessmen and businesswomen can contribute to the common good through job creation, especially for young people. Read more

Jean-Louis Georgelin, former chief of staff of the armies and CEO of the public establishment in charge of the conservation and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, waits for the delivery by barge of the timber truss to the cathedral during its restoration in Paris on July 11, 2023.

Jean-Louis Georgelin, ‘architect of Notre Dame’s rebirth,’ dies during hiking trip

Aug 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The military general was appointed to the project in April 2019 and was confident the restoration of the historic cathedral... Read more

Place of worship in the Alps: Chapel of Trezanne, Trièves, France

Priest brings the prayers of Mary to revive small mountain churches in the Alps

Aug 15, 2023

By Anna Kurian

The area is vast and the faithful are few, but one priest is confident that bringing the message of the... Read more

Soccer player Olivier Giroud, center forward for France, in victory over Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

French soccer player Olivier Giroud sends WYD message to 40,000 French pilgrims 

Aug 1, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The 36-year-old striker sent a message to the youth of France in Lisbon encouraging them to become “missionary disciples” and... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Bari, Italy on Feb. 23, 2020.

Vatican announces Pope Francis’ Marseille visit schedule

Jul 29, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

In September, the pope will travel to France to meet with young people and bishops from around the world at... Read more

Father Benjamin Sellier.

French priest accused of abusing a young girl commits suicide

Jul 17, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

According to local media France Bleu Nord, the 47-year-old priest was hit by a freight train in the northern region... Read more

People look at burning tyres blocking a street in Bordeaux in south-western France on June 29, 2023, during riots and incidents nationwide after the killing of a 17-year-old boy by a police officer's gunshot following a refusal to comply in a western suburb of Paris.

Unrest in France: Religious leaders call for dialogue and calm

Jul 3, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The French bishops also have proposed a prayer for the restoration of peace in the country. Read more

Father Marie-Dominique Philippe.

New report analyzes origins and phenomena behind abuse in France’s St. John community

Jul 2, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The 800-page document details findings of an internal investigation into the origins of abuse in the St. John Family. Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) talks with Henri (right), the 24-year-old known as the "backpack hero," during a meeting with rescue forces at the Haute-Savoie prefecture a day after a mass stabbing in a park in Annecy in the French Alps on June 9, 2023.

French ‘backpack hero’ will be special guest at reopening of Notre Dame Cathedral

Jun 21, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The 24-year-old, praised for stopping a violent attack on a playground, has received a special invitation from French president Emmanuel... Read more

Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France.

Iconic Mont Saint-Michel Abbey celebrates 1,000 years

Jun 13, 2023

By Solène Tadié

Celebrations of the anniversary continue at the iconic historic pilgrimage site until fall of 2023. Read more

Paris, France

Catholic pilgrim goes viral as ‘backpack hero’ after stopping mass stabbing in France

Jun 9, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The 24-year-old was praised for protecting children and likely preventing the injury or even death of many more. Read more

S.O.S. Calvaires, a French lay group, restores a crucifix in France. The group says it aims to restore the artistic and religious heritage of France.

French lay group travels to build crosses and restore faith in Ireland

May 9, 2023

By Martin Barillas

A lay Catholic movement that restores Catholic monuments in France is in Ireland May 5–13 to build crosses with the... Read more

Among those martyred during the blood week of the Paris Commune were Fathers Ladislas Radigue, Polycarpe Tuffier, Marcellin Rouchouze, Frézal Tardieu, and Mathieu-Henri Planchat.

Five French priests martyred in anti-Catholic uprising of 1871 beatified in Paris

Apr 25, 2023

By Tyler Arnold, Zelda Caldwell

“As pastors inspired by apostolic zeal, the priests were united in their witness to the faith to the point of... Read more

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New online platform fights porn addiction under the patronage of Blessed Carlo Acutis

Apr 18, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The initiative SOS Porn Deliverance seeks to show people the good news that with God, freedom is possible. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023.

Pope Francis says he will travel to Mongolia

Apr 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A trip to Mongolia would make Pope Francis the first pope to visit the Asian country that shares a 2,880-mile... Read more

Church of the Sacred Heart in Bordeaux, France.

French church vandalized with satanic and anarchist graffiti

Mar 18, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The walls of Sacred Heart Church, located in Bordeaux were vandalized with satanic graffiti and communist and anarchist symbols March... Read more

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Citizens’ convention endorses legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in France

Feb 27, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The 184-member council was convened by President Emmanuel Macron to debate “end of life” issues. Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Ansgar Puff in the devastated Kreuzerhöhungskirche in Wissen, Germany, Feb. 15, 2023.

Watchdog raises concerns after arson attacks on German, French churches

Feb 21, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Following an arson attack on a historic church in Germany, a European watchdog has raised concerns over hate crimes targeting... Read more

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Skull of St. Thomas Aquinas unveiled for 700th anniversary of his canonization

Jan 28, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The skull of St. Thomas Aquinas has arrived at the Dominican Convent of Toulouse, France, and placed in a new... Read more

Sister André Randon.

Oldest person in the world, French Catholic nun Sister Andre, dies at 118

Jan 17, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Sister Andre Randon, a French nun and the oldest person in the world, has passed away at the age of... Read more