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The Basilica of Fontaine-lès-Dijon, France.

Why is a French Catholic archdiocese expelling the FSSP?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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