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The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

French Catholic bishops ask churches to toll bells in memory of three killed in basilica attack

The French bishops asked churches across the country to toll their bells Thursday in memory of three people killed at... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Sarah says West must wake up to threat of Islamism after three killed at French Catholic church

Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to the threat of Islamism after three people... Read more

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in France.

Three dead in terrorist attack at French basilica

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, police in the... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, center, meets charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover, England, Sept. 15, 2020.

Catholic bishop laments deaths of children after migrant boat sinks in English Channel

A Catholic bishop expressed sorrow Wednesday after a migrant boat sank in the English Channel, killing four members of a... Read more

A night view of Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris, France.

Paris’ Sacre-Coeur Basilica to be classified as a protected historic monument

Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris is expected to receive classification as a protected historic monument by France’s Minister of Culture.  Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by Islamic State terrorists as he offered Mass July 26, 2016.

After teacher beheaded, some in France turn to Fr. Jacques Hamel

Religious leaders gathered at a memorial to slain French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel Sunday, following the beheading of a Paris... Read more

Baby Feet.

French bill extending abortion time limit and restricting conscientious objection advances

A bill extending the abortion time limit from 12 to 14 weeks and restricting conscientious objection passed its first reading... Read more

Young French Catholics attend a vigil organized by Protège ton église. Courtesy photo.

Attacks on French churches back to ‘normal’ level after lockdown, say young Catholics

Attacks on churches in France are back to their “normal” level following a nationwide lockdown, according to an organization led... Read more

Pope French discusses Laudato si’ with French ecological experts Sept. 3, 2020.

Pope Francis: science and faith together can protect environment

Pope Francis said Thursday that science and faith together can help humanity to overcome ecological crises.   Read more

Catholic bishop: 'the Church must proclaim the truth' on new French abortion law

French Bishop Marc Aillet expressed his objections to a bioethics bill recently passed by the National Assembly, which expands the... Read more

The website of Protège ton église.

‘We must pray for their conversion’: Young French Catholics respond to wave of desecrations

In 2019, two friends launched a movement to protect churches across France in response to a wave of desecrations.   Read more

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes in western France.

Nantes cathedral fire: Altar server charged with arson

A church volunteer has admitted to starting the fire at Nantes Cathedral and was charged with arson on Saturday.  Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Mass, procession to mark fourth anniversary of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder

The Diocese of Rouen, France will mark the fourth anniversary of the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel with a Mass... 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 to face trial in Paris on sexual assault charges

A retired Vatican diplomat accused of sexual assault while in office is due to appear before the Paris criminal court... Read more

Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migrants and refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Catholic bishop: UK and France must tackle ‘underlying reasons’ for rise in English Channel migrant crossings

A Catholic bishop has urged the U.K. and France to address the “underlying reasons” for a rise in migrants risking... Read more

The aftermath of a fire at the Parish of St. Paul in Corbeil-Essonnes, France, July 4, 2020.

‘Will they stop at burning an empty church?’: Anti-Christian attacks rise in Europe

The fire that ripped through the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes July 18 was reported... Read more

The  Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, France, before a July 18 fire now being investigated for arson.

Police release volunteer questioned over Nantes Catholic cathedral fire

A volunteer questioned by French police in connection with the fire at Nantes Cathedral has been released without charge.  Read more

The damage inside the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France after a July 18 fire.

After Nantes cathedral fire, volunteer detained but not called a suspect

A 39-year-old cathedral volunteer has been detained as part of the arson investigation after a major fire at the Cathedral... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens in France.

The 800-year-old cathedral that inspired the Notre-Dame de Paris spire

While the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris was completely destroyed in last year’s devastating fire, another Notre-Dame cathedral, the largest... Read more

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes in western France.

French cathedral burns in suspected arson fire

A fire being investigated as arson at a historic cathedral in western France Saturday morning has been contained, according to... Read more