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Lourdes struggled financially after all pilgrimages were canceled during France’s first lockdown.

Pandemic causes up to 40% drop in income of French parishes

Dec 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Catholic Church in France estimates that it lost more than $100 million due to the country’s two coronavirus lockdowns... Read more

Notre-Dame de Nice, the site of an Oct. 29, 2020 terrorist attack.

Nice attack suspect charged with terrorism

Dec 9, 2020

The perpetrator of an October knife attack inside Notre-Dame de Nice has been charged with terrorism, French officials said Monday.  Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the day after a massive fire damaged parts of the roof and structure in April 2019.

Notre-Dame choir to return to fire-damaged cathedral for Christmas concert

Dec 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Notre-Dame Cathedral choir will return to the damaged cathedral on Christmas Eve to perform a concert that will be broadcast... Read more

Sainte-Chapelle, the 13th-century chapel built by French King Louis IX to house Christ's crown of thorns.

Catholic bishops welcome ‘realistic’ new measures for public Masses in France

Dec 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Bishops in France have welcomed new government measures that will allow more people to attend public Masses during Advent.   Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron.

French president presses Muslim leaders to embrace 'republican values'

Dec 2, 2020

In the wake of several suspected Islamist attacks in France this year, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked the country’s... Read more

The Palais-Royal in Paris, home of the Council of State.

French Catholic bishops win appeal against 30-person Mass limit

Nov 30, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The French Council of State has ruled that a proposed 30-person limit on Masses and other forms of public worship is... Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, pictured in 2015 at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

French bishops launch second legal appeal to reinstate public Masses for all

Nov 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The French bishops’ conference announced Friday that it would submit another appeal to the Council of State, calling the proposed... Read more

A medical mask on a gargoyle of Notre-Dame in Paris.

French bishops press government to review 30-person Mass limit

Nov 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After a strong reaction by French Catholics to the government’s decision Tuesday night to limit Mass attendance to 30 people... Read more

A medical maks on a gargoyle of Notre Dame in Paris.

French bishops' appeal for public Masses during lockdown rejected by judge

Nov 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The French bishops’ appeal to continue public Masses during France’s second national lockdown was rejected Saturday by the Council of... Read more

The skyline of Lyon, France.

Eastern Orthodox priest shot in France emerges from coma

Nov 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Nikolas Kakavelakis, a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon who was seriously wounded in a shooting Saturday, has emerged from coma,... Read more

French bishops’ conference president Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, pictured in May 2015.

French bishops say public Mass ban violates freedom of worship

Nov 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As France begins its second lockdown this year, French bishops are filing an urgent appeal to continue public Masses, saying... Read more

Police seal off the street after the attack at the basilica in Nice, France, Oct. 29, 2020.

French police make six arrests over Nice terror attack

Nov 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

French police have arrested a total of six men in their investigation into the attack on the Basilica of Notre-Dame... Read more

Notre-Dame de Nice, the site of an Oct. 29, 2020 terrorist attack.

French police make second arrest in Nice attack

Oct 30, 2020

An unnamed French official told the New York Times on Friday that police have arrested a 47-year-old man in connection... Read more

Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France.

Nice basilica terrorist attack: Who were the victims?

Oct 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Bells tolled in Catholic parishes across France in memory of the three people killed in a knife attack at the... Read more

Pope Francis prays for victims of terrorist attack at French basilica

Oct 29, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After three people were killed in a terrorist attack in a basilica in Nice, France, on Thursday, a Vatican spokesman... Read more

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

French Catholic bishops ask churches to toll bells in memory of three killed in basilica attack

Oct 29, 2020

The French bishops asked churches across the country to toll their bells Thursday in memory of three people killed at... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Sarah says West must wake up to threat of Islamism after three killed at French Catholic church

Oct 29, 2020

Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to the threat of Islamism after three people... Read more

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

Three dead in terrorist attack at French basilica

Oct 29, 2020

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, police in the... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, center, meets charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover, England, Sept. 15, 2020.

Catholic bishop laments deaths of children after migrant boat sinks in English Channel

Oct 28, 2020

A Catholic bishop expressed sorrow Wednesday after a migrant boat sank in the English Channel, killing four members of a... Read more

A night view of Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, France.

Paris’ Sacre-Coeur Basilica to be classified as a protected historic monument

Oct 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris is expected to receive classification as a protected historic monument by France’s Minister of Culture.  Read more