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Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Pope Francis names new Catholic archbishop of Paris

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich succeeds Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who resigned in December. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, pictured in 2019.

Archbishop Aupetit at Paris farewell Mass: ‘I lost my life for the love of Christ’

Dec 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

He directly addressed a media report claiming that he had “lost himself for love.” Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

France’s heritage authorities back controversial plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral’s interior

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The committee expressed two reservations about the plan. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis says he accepted Paris archbishop’s resignation ‘on the altar of hypocrisy’

Dec 6, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope accepted Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s resignation on Dec. 2. Read more

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

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.

Paris archbishop asks Pope Francis to decide his future

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Michel Aupetit has denied a report concerning his contacts with a woman in 2012. 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 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

Notre-Dame de Paris.

One year after the fire, a French priest's tribute to Notre-Dame

Apr 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

For Fr. Pierre Amar, Notre-Dame de Paris has always been a masterpiece, “the very example of supreme beauty,” but now... Read more

Travellers at an airport in Chengdu, China wear masks to prevent infection from coronavirus.

French priest hospitalized with coronavirus

Mar 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A priest has been hospitalized in Paris after testing positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus Feb. 28.  Read more

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

Parts of Notre-Dame plaza, crypt expected to reopen this spring

Feb 21, 2020

French officials are hopeful that parts of the plaza of Notre-Dame de Paris, as well as the church’s crypt, will... Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

Architect calls for Notre-Dame's roof to be rebuilt of wood

Jan 11, 2020

A leading architect in France has urged that the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris be reconstructed out of wood, for... Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris shortly after a fire damaged parts of the roof and structure.

Notre-Dame still at risk of destruction, says rector

Dec 27, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

This year Christmas Mass was not celebrated at Notre-Dame de Paris for the first time since the French First Republic,... 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

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris greets fellow clerics after the June 15, 2019 Mass in Notre-Dame de Paris' Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs chapel.

Paris archbishop at Mass: Notre-Dame exists to be a place of worship

Jun 17, 2019

During Saturday's Mass in a side chapel of Notre-Dame de Paris, the cathedral's first since its April fire, Archbishop Michel... Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

Notre-Dame's first Mass since fire to be said Saturday

Jun 12, 2019

The first Mass in Notre-Dame de Paris since the cathedral's April fire will be said Saturday evening in a side... Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

French Senate stipulates that Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was

May 28, 2019

The French Senate on Monday passed a bill on the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, the city's cathedral, adding a... 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

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.

'Mary, dry our tears': French priests respond to Notre-Dame blaze

Apr 16, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Father Pierre Amar was praying in Notre-Dame de Paris at 5 p.m. Monday evening to prepare spiritually for the Easter... Read more