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Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Catholic archbishop of Paris

Dec 2, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, 70, has led the archdiocese since 2018. Read more

Repair scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris, November 2019.

Paris archdiocese to present plans for Notre-Dame’s interior amid outcry

Nov 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

Critics say the proposals would turn the site into ‘a kind of theme park.’ Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, center left, celebrates Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France, June 16, 2021.

Paris archbishop: Notre-Dame Cathedral repairs a symbol of Christian renewal

Jun 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“This cathedral is also the symbol of the restoration of this Church founded 2,000 years ago by Christ himself,” said... Read more

Debris inside Notre-Dame de Paris, April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital.

Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral launches appeal for interior restoration

Jun 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The cathedral is scheduled to reopen for worship in April 2024. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.

Paris archbishop laments attack on Catholics honoring city’s martyrs

May 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

A video posted on social media showed men punching and kicking Catholics taking part in a procession. Read more

The entrance of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Church in Paris, France.

St. John Paul II bust vandalized outside Polish Catholic church in Paris

Apr 20, 2021

An unidentified perpetrator poured red paint over the sculpture of the pope who was canonized in 2014. Read more

Sainte-Eugène-Sainte-Cécile church in Paris, France.

Paris archbishop opens canonical proceedings against parish over maskless Masses

Apr 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s decision was made public the day after Paris police opened an investigation into the parish. Read more

The nave of Saint-Merry Church in Paris, France / Diliff via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Why the Archbishop of Paris closed an experimental pastoral center

Mar 23, 2021

An experimental pastoral center in the heart of the French capital closed down on March 1 on the instructions of the... 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

Dec 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Notre-Dame Cathedral choir will return to the damaged cathedral on Christmas Eve to perform a concert that will be broadcast... Read more

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

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

Oct 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris is expected to receive classification as a protected historic monument by France’s Minister of Culture.  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 Descent from the Cross, also known as Pieta, statue inside the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris before the fire.

Notre-Dame Cathedral to broadcast crown of thorns veneration on Good Friday 

Apr 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

One year after the world watched the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burn, the Archbishop of Paris will display the... Read more

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

Disagreements escalate over Notre-Dame rebuilding project

Nov 15, 2019

Tensions are reportedly running high between French authorities overseeing the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, as they create plans... 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

The original clock at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Via Shutterstock

'Near twin' of Notre Dame clock found in storage

Jun 25, 2019

A clock nearly identical to the one destroyed in the fire at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris has been found in... Read more

Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 15, 2019.

French cigarette smokers: We didn’t start Notre-Dame fire

Apr 26, 2019

Sure, smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, low birth rates, strokes, and arthritis. But smoking didn’t cause the April 15... Read more

People kneel on the pavement as they pray outside watching flames engulf Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 15, 2019.

Wooden church- an 'ephemeral cathedral' could go up as Notre-Dame is restored

Apr 19, 2019

After a massive fire gutted the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris April 15, the cathedral’s rector says a temporary wooden... Read more

The spire of Notre Dame, topped by the rooster weathervane, collapsed in the April 15 fire.

Notre-Dame weathervane comes home to roost

Apr 17, 2019

A copper rooster containing relics and thought to have been destroyed in the collapse of Notre-Dame de Paris has been... Read more

 Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at The Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019.

Commentary: Holy Week and the Notre Dame fire

Apr 16, 2019

Seeing Notre Dame de Paris burning and threatening to collapse was a shock that left everyone voiceless – including President... Read more