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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

Funeral Mass of murdered seminarian Michael Nnadi, Good Shepherd Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria, Feb. 11, 2020

Catholic priest’s murder in France: List of recent priest killings worldwide

Aug 9, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The murder of a French priest on Monday was the latest in a number of killings of priests around the... Read more

A man identified by the French newspaper La Croix as Emmanuel Abayisenga greets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Nov. 11, 2016.

Rwandan man suspected of killing French Catholic priest reportedly met Pope Francis in 2016

Aug 9, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

French Catholic media said the meeting took place during the Jubilee of Mercy. Read more

Fr. Olivier Maire

Who was Fr. Olivier Maire, the Catholic priest murdered in France?

Aug 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

The 61-year-old priest was a popular leader of retreats. Read more

Fr. Olivier Maire, French provincial superior of the Montfort Missionaries (the Company of Mary)

Update: Police question man suspected of murdering Catholic priest in France

Aug 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Gérald Darmanin wrote: “All my support to the Catholics of our country after the dramatic murder of a priest in... Read more

Solignac Abbey in west-central France.

Benedictine monks return to historic Solignac Abbey for first time since French Revolution

Aug 5, 2021

By Solène Tadié

Anti-clerical revolutionaries expelled the Benedictines in 1790. Read more

Tridentine Mass in Strasbourg Cathedral, France.

How French Catholics are responding to Pope Francis’ Traditional Latin Mass restrictions

Jul 24, 2021

By Solène Tadié

A study found traditionalism is growing steadily year on year. Read more

Canon Dominique Aubert, rector of Chartres Cathedral, France, celebrates Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Traditionis custodes: French Catholic bishops express ‘esteem’ for Traditional Latin Mass communities

Jul 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

They said the norms would be introduced “through dialogue.” Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Probe into Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder shows attackers’ links to ISIS

Jul 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The priest was killed at Mass on July 26, 2016. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin: Europe needs faith in God as it struggles with ‘demographic winter’

Jul 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Vatican Secretary of State was preaching at Mass in Strasbourg, France. Read more

An evening procession at Lourdes in southwestern France.

‘Lourdes Nights’ to draw pilgrims to French shrine after pandemic closure

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The initiative will be held throughout July and August. Read more

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