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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

Bernard Preynat, a former priest accused of sexual assault, leaves the Lyon courthouse, Jan. 13, 2020.

Former priest on trial in France for sexual abuse of minors

Jan 15, 2020

Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, is on trial before a civil court in France. He... Read more

French bishops vote to compensate abuse victims with Church funds 

Nov 11, 2019

The bishops of France on Saturday approved plans to offer financial compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.  Read more

Cathedral of Saint Mary of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France.

French cathedral robbed in battering-ram raid

Nov 4, 2019

A cathedral in southwestern France was robbed of chalices and other religious items after a gang rammed open the door... Read more

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament along route of Chartres pilgrimage June 9, 2019.

Chartres Pentecost pilgrimage draws 14,000

Jun 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

More than 14,000 Catholics walked 62 miles from Paris to Chartres Cathedral in three days in an annual Pentecost pilgrimage... Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives in court Jan. 7, 2019.

French cardinal to resign after conviction for failing to report abuse

Mar 7, 2019

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, was found guilty Thursday of failing to report to authorities the alleged sexual... Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral.

Why France's 'Zombie Catholics' are so powerful

Dec 6, 2016

It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human... Read more

Le Grande Armee gathered in the streets of Paris on March 24, 2013.

Debate, protests mark legalization of gay marriage in France

Apr 23, 2013

After months of debate and massive protests, the National Assembly in France passed President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” bill... Read more


French couple claims police violence at marriage march

Apr 4, 2013

A couple in France is reporting acts of violence by police officers against participants in a recent march to defend... Read more

La Manif Pour Tous, Protest for All. A march for marriage and familiy in Paris on Jan.13, 2013.

Protestors report 1 million in Paris march to defend marriage

Jan 14, 2013

Over one million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande's... Read more


French president to support 'gay marriage' conscience rights

Nov 21, 2012

French President Francois Hollande said that his proposal to legalize “gay marriage” in the country would include a conscience protections... Read more


Hundreds evacuated from Lourdes due to flooding

Oct 20, 2012

Flooding in southwestern France has forced hundreds of pilgrims to evacuate the site of a Marian apparition and nearby hotels in... Read more


Pope tells French bishops defense of marriage is prophetic

Sep 21, 2012

Against the backdrop of an effort to recognize “gay marriage” in France, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of French... Read more


French cardinal says 'gay marriage' opens door to incest, polygamy

Sep 18, 2012

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said government approval of gay “marriage” in France could pave the way for the legalization... Read more