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Will France enshrine a ‘right’ to abortion in its constitution?

Nov 23, 2022

By Solène Tadié

If officially approved by the Parliament at the end of the month, the bill would still need to be approved... Read more

Les Petites Sœurs Disciples de l’Agneau, or The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, live of prayer in the Indre region of southern France.

Only religious community in the world for sisters with Down syndrome seeks American sisters 

Nov 12, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A community of religious sisters with Down syndrome faithfully live out their vocation of contemplative prayer in southern France. Read more

Gad Elmaleh / Our Lady of Lourdes

Jewish actor converts to Catholicism: the Virgin Mary ‘is my most beautiful love’

Nov 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The famous Jewish actor and humorist Gad Elmaleh announced his conversion to the Catholic faith, a process in which he... Read more

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A ‘citizens convention’ will decide whether France legalizes assisted suicide

Oct 27, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A panel of 150 randomly selected French citizens will take part in a six-month debate over whether to allow legal... Read more

The backyard of St. Thérèse’s childhood home in Lisieux, France.

House of saints: Visiting St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s home has inspired conversions

Oct 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Scenes from St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s autobiography “Story of a Soul” come alive when walking through her childhood home in... Read more

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On this day almost 800 years ago, the practice of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began

Sep 11, 2022

By ACI Prensa

On September 11, 1226, King Louis VII asked to expose the Blessed Sacrament as a way to celebrate victory over... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Six years after grisly murder, France remembers Father Jacques Hamel

Jul 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Hamel was killed at the church on July 26, 2016, by supporters of the Islamic State group as he finished... Read more

A panoramic view of the burned area and an image of Our Lady affected by a fire at the Lourdes shrine in France, July 11, 2022.

Fire destroys half of the Chapels of Light at Lourdes shrine

Jul 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France estimated damages to be a little more than $1.5 million. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich is installed as archbishop of Paris in the Church of Saint-Sulpice on May 23, 2022.

New Catholic archbishop of Paris invokes ‘synodal spirit’ at installation Mass

May 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich is the 142nd archbishop of Paris. Read more

The beatification of Pauline Jaricot in Lyon, France, on May 22, 2022.

Almost 12,000 people attend the beatification of Pauline Jaricot

May 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle presided over the beatification Mass in Lyon. Read more

Pauline Jaricot (1799-1862).

Who is Pauline Jaricot, the Catholic Church’s next blessed?

May 21, 2022

By Jean-Marie Dumont

Some authors have described her as a mystic comparable to St. Catherine of Siena. Read more

François Asselin | Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld: The miracle that paved the way for his canonization

May 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It began with a 50-foot fall inside a French chapel. Read more

Saint-Pierre d’Arene church in Nice, southeastern France.

‘Extraordinary courage’: Nun intervenes to stop man stabbing Catholic priest in France

Apr 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘She snatched the knife from him while being injured on the forearm,’ said a local politician. Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Father Jacques Hamel murder: Catholic archbishop says ‘justice is done’ as 4 are convicted

Mar 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Three of the defendants reportedly asked for forgiveness during the trial. Read more

Chems-Eddine Hafiz, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris.

After meeting Pope Francis, leader invites France’s Muslims to pray for peace in Ukraine

Feb 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope has asked people worldwide to fast and pray for an end to the conflict. Read more

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French parliament votes to extend abortion time limit from 12 to 14 weeks

Feb 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The bill also extends the practice of surgical abortion to midwives. Read more

French flags. Public domain.

More than 800 anti-Christian incidents reported in France in 2021

Feb 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Investigators identified a total of 1,659 anti-religious acts last year. Read more

Jean-Marc Sauvé.

French abuse report authors respond to critics who challenged 330,000 victims estimate

Feb 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

A 15-page critique claimed the report lacked ‘scientific rigor.’ Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron.

Pro-life group criticizes Macron’s call to add abortion to rights charter

Jan 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The French president made the appeal in a speech to the European Parliament. Read more

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Ireland to follow France in offering free contraception to women under 25

Jan 4, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The move underlines the rapid social changes in Ireland in recent years. Read more