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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

Jean-Marc Sauvé speaks at the launch of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church report in Paris, France, Oct. 5, 2021.

French Catholic academy critiques landmark abuse report

Dec 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

The criticisms sparked resignations from the academy. Read more

Repair scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris, November 2019.

Paris archdiocese to present plans for Notre-Dame’s interior amid outcry

Nov 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

Critics say the proposals would turn the site into ‘a kind of theme park.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican, Nov. 26, 2021.

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican

Nov 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Asked how he was doing, the pope told Macron: ‘I’m still alive.’ Read more

Cardinal Nichols at Westminster Cathedral on April 18, 2019.

Cardinal calls for action after 27 migrants drown in English Channel

Nov 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the deadliest crossing of the Channel on record. Read more

Members of SOS Calvaires, a group restoring wayside crucifixes across France.

Meet the young Catholics restoring wayside crucifixes across France

Nov 25, 2021

By Solène Tadié

The movement is growing — thanks to a cigar-chomping bench press champion. Read more

A Traditional Latin Mass.

Traditionis custodes: Traditional Catholic institutes appeal to French bishops for ‘mediator’

Sep 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The institutes’ superiors appealed for “a human, personal dialogue.” Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron tours Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul, Iraq, Aug. 29, 2021.

French president visits Catholic church in Iraq damaged by ISIS

Aug 31, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Emmanuel Macron toured Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of Lazare Association from France at the Vatican, Aug. 28, 2021.

Pope Francis tosses speech to listen to 200 formerly homeless people

Aug 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope asked those present: ‘What do you expect from the Church? Read more