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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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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