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President Emmanuel Macron.

Catholic bishop urges Macron to fight for France's good

May 9, 2017

After Emmanuel Macron won the presidential elections in France, the head of the country's bishops urged the new leader to... Read more

Catholic doctors protest French law banning 'misleading' pro-life websites

Feb 22, 2017

An international group of Catholic physicians is protesting a law passed by France's parliament last week sanctioning pro-life websites that... Read more

Nuns.

World's oldest Dominican Sister dies at age 110

Feb 21, 2017

A French diocese announced that Dominican Sister Marie Bernardette, the oldest sister in her order, passed away last week at... Read more

French court allows dating website to continue promoting affairs

Feb 14, 2017

A complaint brought by a Catholic group against a dating site that promotes extramarital affairs was thrown out by a... Read more

Pope Francis greets survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack during an audience at the Vatican on Sept. 24, 2016.

Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

Sep 24, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met with survivors of the Nice, France terrorist attack on Saturday, urging them to respond with forgiveness and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in memory of Fr. Jacques Hamel Sept. 14, 2016.

Pope Francis: 'killing in the name of God is satanic'

Sep 14, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Referencing the recent murder of French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis said the persecution of Christians happening today, under... Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral.

Woman charged in foiled attack on Notre Dame cathedral

Sep 12, 2016

A woman was charged over the weekend by French authorities in connection with an alleged terrorist plot to attack Notre... Read more

Burkini.

Overturn of burkini ban does not end France's cultural debate

Aug 29, 2016

By Mary Farrow

The lifting of a controversial burkini ban in one beach town along the French Riviera may signal an end to... Read more

Mary. Artist Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Museu da Casa Brasileira. Wikimedia Commons.

France offering all Assumption Masses for the country's intentions

Aug 15, 2016

By Elise Harris

Following the wave of Islamist terror attacks that have bloodied France since last year, the country’s bishops have decided to... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass by Islamic State terrorists July 26, 2016.

A 'cry of hope' after the death of Father Hamel

Jul 29, 2016

At a Mass said for the victims of Tuesday's church attack in France, the Archbishop of Paris appealed for hope... Read more

French bicyclists at St Mary's Cathedral in Krakow's Market Square.

French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Jul 28, 2016

By Kate Veik

Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine... Read more

Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France

Jul 27, 2016

Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to... Read more

French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Jul 26, 2016

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday,... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight. August, 2014.

Pope condemns 'absurd violence' after priest is killed in French church

Jul 26, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 3, 2014.

Pope leads prayers for victims of Nice attack

Jul 17, 2016

By Ann Schneible

On Sunday, Pope Francis led the crowds in St. Peter's Square in prayers for the victims of Thursday's attack in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the diocese of Lyon in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall July 6, 2016.

Pope Francis tells poor they are 'the treasures of the Church'

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures of the Church,”... Read more

Star of David.

France might not have any Jews in the future – and here's why

Jan 17, 2016

By Matt Hadro

An increasingly violent wave of anti-Semitic words and acts in France threatens the very existence of Jewish communities there, one... Read more

Pope Francis.

Using God’s name to justify violence is 'blasphemy,' Pope Francis says

Nov 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

UPDATED: Pope calls Paris terrorist attacks part of 'piecemeal WWIII'

Nov 14, 2015

By Ann Schneible

The acts of terrorism which took place in Paris Friday night are the latest part in what Pope Francis has... Read more

Police survey the area of Boulevard Baumarchais after an attack in the French capital on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France.

Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Nov 13, 2015

Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.  Read more