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The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the grotto in the French shrine.

Lourdes offers digital pilgrimage as shrine struggles without pilgrims

As global coronavirus cases have surpassed 13 million, Lourdes is offering a digital pilgrimage this week to pray for the... Read more

The Palais Bourbon, the seat of the National Assembly, in Paris.

French archbishop criticizes push to pass bioethics law amid pandemic

The archbishop of Paris has criticized the French parliament’s decision to debate a controversial bioethics bill which would increase access to... Read more

The flag of France.

French investigation: sex abuse of minors in Catholic Church tops 3,000 victims over 70 years

Over the last seven decades at least 3,000 children were sexually abused by Catholic clergy or officials in France, according... Read more

Church bells in the French village of Monbazillac in the Dordogne.

French church bells ring in show of solidarity during coronavirus pandemic

Church bells rang simultaneously across France at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, in a show of national unity amidst the COVID-19... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the grotto in the French shrine.

French Catholics begin novena as Lourdes closes for first time in history

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century following new restrictions... Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin meets with Pope Francis March 18, 2019.

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Barbarin as Archbishop of Lyon

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after... Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives in court Jan. 7, 2019.

French cardinal acquitted by appeal court of failing to report abuse

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been acquitted by a French appeals court of failing to report sexual abuse by a diocesan... Read more

French Senate in June, 2019.

French Senate passes controversial IVF bill

The French Senate this week passed a bill that would allow access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for single women and... Read more

French Senate in June, 2019.

French Senate debates IVF law after thousands protest in Paris streets

Debate began on a bioethics bill in the French Senate Tuesday after tens of thousands of people marched through the... Read more

Baptism.

French bishops approve removing parents’ gender from baptismal forms

The French Catholic bishops’ conference permanent council has approved a recommendation to remove references to the sex of parents on... Read more

Ban on elderly nun’s habit in retirement home went too far, French mayor says

An elderly nun in France has received an apology from a French mayor after retirement home staff wrongly rejected her,... Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

Europe heatwave could damage Notre-Dame, architect warns

Almost four months after a fire destroyed the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris, officials are concerned that the building is... Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

French lawmakers pass bill on Notre-Dame; new report says cathedral nearly collapsed during fire

France’s Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill on the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral— three months after a fire destroyed the... Read more

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Rise in crimes against churches in France shock faithful, prompt reflection

Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

Vincent Lambert dies after removal of food and water

Vincent Lambert, a 42 year-old quadriplegic man, died in a French hospital Thursday morning, more than one week after doctors... Read more

Vincent Lambert.

Say Mass for Vincent Lambert, Paris archbishop tells priests

The Archbishop of Paris, Michael Aupetit, has asked priests of his archdiocese to offer Mass for the intention of Vincent... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

Holy See waives diplomatic immunity for accused nuncio to France

The Holy See has announced it has revoked the diplomatic immunity of the apostolic nuncio to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura,... Read more

Burkini dispute shuts down public pools in one French town

Reviving a three-year old debate over what constitutes appropriate swimwear for women at the beach, a French city shut down... Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the day after a massive fire damaged parts of the roof and structure.

No evidence that Notre-Dame fire was intentional, investigators say

An initial investigation into the devastating fire that consumed much of Notre-Dame cathedral in April has found no signs of... Read more

Emmanuel Macron.

France’s mandatory teen service program draws serious religious freedom concerns

France’s soon-to-be mandatory Universal National Service program for teens has drawn serious religious freedom concerns, with critics noting that the... Read more