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French bishops’ conference president Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, pictured in May 2015.

French bishops say public Mass ban violates freedom of worship

Nov 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As France begins its second lockdown this year, French bishops are filing an urgent appeal to continue public Masses, saying... Read more

The interior of the church of Fontgombault Abbey.

Abbot who helped revive traditional monasticism laid to rest in France

Aug 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Benedictine abbot who helped to revive traditional monasticism and Gregorian chant in France was buried Wednesday in the 11th-century... Read more

The  Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, France, before a July 18 fire now being investigated for arson.

Police release volunteer questioned over Nantes Catholic cathedral fire

Jul 20, 2020

A volunteer questioned by French police in connection with the fire at Nantes Cathedral has been released without charge.  Read more

The damage inside the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes, western France after a July 18 fire.

After Nantes cathedral fire, volunteer detained but not called a suspect

Jul 19, 2020

A 39-year-old cathedral volunteer has been detained as part of the arson investigation after a major fire at the Cathedral... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens in France.

The 800-year-old cathedral that inspired the Notre-Dame de Paris spire

Jul 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

While the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris was completely destroyed in last year’s devastating fire, another Notre-Dame cathedral, the largest... Read more

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes in western France.

French cathedral burns in suspected arson fire

Jul 18, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A fire being investigated as arson at a historic cathedral in western France Saturday morning has been contained, according to... Read more

Bernard Preynat (2nd-L), a former priest who been convicted and sentenced for sexual assault, leaves the Lyon courthouse, Jan. 17, 2020.

Former French priest convicted of sexual abuse of minors

Mar 18, 2020

Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, was convicted and sentenced by a civil court Monday for... Read more

French bishops meet with Pope Francis in March, 2020.

French bishop tests positive for coronavirus after Vatican visit

Mar 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A French bishop who visited the Vatican last week has tested positive for coronavirus, his diocese announced Monday.  Read more

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