Catholic Church in France

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Pauline Jaricot (1799-1862).

Who is Pauline Jaricot, the Catholic Church’s next blessed?

May 21, 2022

By Jean-Marie Dumont

Some authors have described her as a mystic comparable to St. Catherine of Siena. Read more

François Asselin | Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld: The miracle that paved the way for his canonization

May 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It began with a 50-foot fall inside a French chapel. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Will Archbishop Ulrich lead the Catholic archdiocese of Paris in a new direction?

Apr 26, 2022

By Jean-Marie Dumont

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich has extensive experience of Church governance. Read more

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

Saint-Pierre d’Arene church in Nice, southeastern France.

‘Extraordinary courage’: Nun intervenes to stop man stabbing Catholic priest in France

Apr 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘She snatched the knife from him while being injured on the forearm,’ said a local politician. Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Father Jacques Hamel murder: Catholic archbishop says ‘justice is done’ as 4 are convicted

Mar 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Three of the defendants reportedly asked for forgiveness during the trial. Read more

Blessed Martyrs of Compiègne were guillotined for their faith on July 17, 1794.

Pope Francis opens special process to canonize 16 Carmelite martyrs of the French Revolution

Feb 25, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

At the request of the bishops of France and the Order of Carmelites Discalced (OCD), Pope Francis agreed on Feb.... Read more

Pope Francis met with members of Voir Ensemble, a Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people on Feb. 19, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people

Feb 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The French association, Voir Ensemble (Seeing Together), was founded in 1927 by Father Yves Mollat, a blind Jesuit priest. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Diakonia of Beauty, a group dedicated to celebrating sacred art, on Feb. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: 'The world needs beauty more than ever'

Feb 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope met with a French Catholic group dedicated to supporting artists and celebrating sacred art, architecture, poetry, and music. Read more

French flags. Public domain.

More than 800 anti-Christian incidents reported in France in 2021

Feb 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Investigators identified a total of 1,659 anti-religious acts last year. Read more

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France.

Pilgrims couldn’t visit Lourdes. So a drone photographer took Lourdes to them

Feb 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

How a young French Catholic overcame the limits of the coronavirus lockdown. Read more

Jean-Marc Sauvé.

French abuse report authors respond to critics who challenged 330,000 victims estimate

Feb 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

A 15-page critique claimed the report lacked ‘scientific rigor.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: Synodality is not a ‘search for majority consensus’

Jan 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups. Read more

Pope Francis meets French bishops at the Vatican, Dec. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis tells France’s Catholic bishops he’ll meet authors of landmark abuse report

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope said he was ‘completely available’ for a meeting. Read more

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

France’s interior minister condemns threats against Catholics during procession

Dec 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Gérald Darmanin deplored what he said were ‘unacceptable acts.’ 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

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

Jean-Marc Sauvé speaks at the launch of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church report in Paris, France, Oct. 5, 2021.

French Catholic academy critiques landmark abuse report

Dec 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

The criticisms sparked resignations from the academy. 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 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