France

The Latest

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

Jul 23, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 23, 2020

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

Jul 22, 2020

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

Jul 20, 2020

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

Jul 19, 2020

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

Jul 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jul 18, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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

Lourdes offers digital pilgrimage as shrine struggles without pilgrims

Jul 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jul 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jun 18, 2020

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

Mar 25, 2020

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

Mar 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 30, 2020

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

Jan 25, 2020

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

Jan 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 15, 2020

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

Nov 22, 2019

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

Jul 25, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

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

Jul 17, 2019

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