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Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. Credit: Diocèse de Reims.

Catholic archbishop: With new law, foundation of French bioethics ‘has been erased’

Jun 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The new law gives single women and lesbian couples access to state-sponsored medically assisted reproduction. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, center left, celebrates Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France, June 16, 2021.

Paris archbishop: Notre-Dame Cathedral repairs a symbol of Christian renewal

Jun 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“This cathedral is also the symbol of the restoration of this Church founded 2,000 years ago by Christ himself,” said... Read more

The Basilica of Fontaine-lès-Dijon, France.

Why is a French Catholic archdiocese expelling the FSSP?

Jun 16, 2021

By Solène Tadié

For 23 years, FSSP priests have served Catholics in Dijon archdiocese. Now, the archbishop has told them to leave. Read more

A Benedictine monk at the Barroux Abbey’s Via Caritatis winery.

Monks of France’s first papal vineyard sell wine to help local community

Jun 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The monks hope to sell 15,000 bottles of their wine this month to help support the pandemic-hit community. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.

Paris archbishop laments attack on Catholics honoring city’s martyrs

May 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

A video posted on social media showed men punching and kicking Catholics taking part in a procession. Read more

Firefighters respond to the fire at Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, in Lille, France

Church fire in Northern France reportedly contained

May 4, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A fire broke out on Monday evening at Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, in Lille, France, and has reportedly been contained. Read more

The nave of Saint-Ouen Abbey in Rouen, Normandy, France.

Why France is losing one religious building every two weeks

May 4, 2021

By Solène Tadié

France’s religious heritage is in a precarious state. This is why. Read more

The entrance of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Church in Paris, France.

St. John Paul II bust vandalized outside Polish Catholic church in Paris

Apr 20, 2021

An unidentified perpetrator poured red paint over the sculpture of the pope who was canonized in 2014. Read more

French Dominican priest Fr. Marie-Etienne Vayssière (1864-1940).

French Catholic bishops open beatification cause of Dominican priest

Apr 9, 2021

By Solène Tadié

Fr. Marie-Étienne Vayssière (1864-1940) is a little-known but quietly influential figure. Read more

Sainte-Eugène-Sainte-Cécile church in Paris, France.

Paris archbishop opens canonical proceedings against parish over maskless Masses

Apr 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s decision was made public the day after Paris police opened an investigation into the parish. Read more

Br. Alois Leser,  prior of the Taizé Community in France.

Taizé leader: Young people are longing to meet together again

Apr 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The prior of Taizé has said that his community sees how young people are longing to meet together again in... Read more

The nave of Saint-Merry Church in Paris, France / Diliff via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Why the Archbishop of Paris closed an experimental pastoral center

Mar 23, 2021

An experimental pastoral center in the heart of the French capital closed down on March 1 on the instructions of the... Read more

The demolition of the Chapelle Saint-Joseph in Lille, France.

Church bulldozing in France alarms conservation groups

Mar 11, 2021

Bulldozers have moved in on a 135-year-old church dedicated to St. Joseph in the first of several planned demolitions in... Read more

French Flag.

Investigator: There could be 10,000 abuse victims in French Catholic Church since 1950

Mar 3, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The head of an independent commission said on Tuesday that there could be at least 10,000 victims of sexual abuse... Read more

A young woman prays in a church.

French Catholic women launch manifesto on feminine vocation in the Church

Feb 20, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A group of Catholic women in France has launched a manifesto to underscore the “beauty of the women's specific vocation.” Read more

National Assembly building in Paris, Francis.

French National Assembly passes anti-extremism bill proposing stricter rules for religion

Feb 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The French National Assembly has passed a bill that backers say will counter extremism and separatism, especially among French Muslims.... Read more

Pilgrims at the Sanctuary Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Photo credits: Sanctuaire ND de Lourdes/Pierre Vincent.

Lourdes shrine invites the sick to find hope through virtual visit

Feb 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the papal delegate for the Marian shrine urged masked pilgrims and virtual... Read more

French flags. Public domain.

Bishops urge French Catholics to pray and fast as bioethics bill returns to Senate

Jan 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Bishops in France are asking Catholics to pray and fast for the next four Fridays for a respect for human... Read more

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort. Credit: Diocèse de Reims.

Catholic archbishop: ‘The Church in France is jostled from many sides’

Dec 19, 2020

By Luke Coppen

The Church in France is under pressure, according to the president of the French Catholic bishops’ conference. Read more

 Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then apostolic nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

Ex-nuncio to France given suspended 8-month prison sentence

Dec 16, 2020

A Paris criminal court on Wednesday gave a former nuncio to France an eight-month suspended sentence for sexual assault.  Read more