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Feb 3, 2021 - 12:00 pm .- French Catholic bishops signed on Monday a declaration denouncing rising anti-Semitism in the presence of Jewish leaders in Paris.
Dec 19, 2020 - 06:00 am .- The Church in France is under pressure, according to the president of the French Catholic bishops’ conference.
Dec 10, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The Catholic Church in France estimates that it lost more than $100 million due to the country’s two coronavirus lockdowns this year.
Dec 3, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Bishops in France have welcomed new government measures that will allow more people to attend public Masses during Advent. 
Dec 2, 2020 - 03:01 am .- In the wake of several suspected Islamist attacks in France this year, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked the country’s Muslim leaders to sign a "charter of republican values" agreeing to a rejection of Islam as a political movement.
Nov 30, 2020 - 10:00 am .- The French Council of State has ruled that a proposed 30-person limit on Masses and other forms of public worship is a “disproportionate” government measure and must be modified by Dec. 2.
Nov 27, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The French bishops’ conference announced Friday that it would submit another appeal to the Council of State, calling the proposed 30-person limit on public Masses during Advent “unacceptable.”
Nov 25, 2020 - 07:00 am .- After a strong reaction by French Catholics to the government’s decision Tuesday night to limit Mass attendance to 30 people per church during Advent, French bishops are in negotiations with the government to determine a more “realistic gauge” for a gradual resumption of public Masses.
Nov 3, 2020 - 09:00 am .- As France begins its second lockdown this year, French bishops are filing an urgent appeal to continue public Masses, saying that the most recent coronavirus restrictions “violate freedom of worship.”
Aug 19, 2020 - 11:10 am .- A Benedictine abbot who helped to revive traditional monasticism and Gregorian chant in France was buried Wednesday in the 11th-century Abbey of Fontgombault, the monastery he led for more than 30 years.
Jul 20, 2020 - 09:52 am .- A volunteer questioned by French police in connection with the fire at Nantes Cathedral has been released without charge.
Jul 19, 2020 - 02:26 pm .- A 39-year-old cathedral volunteer has been detained as part of the arson investigation after a major fire at the Cathedral at Nantes on Saturday. French authorities warned against any “premature” judgment of the detained man.
Jul 19, 2020 - 04:00 am .- While the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris was completely destroyed in last year’s devastating fire, another Notre-Dame cathedral, the largest in France, offers the opportunity to see the spire that it was based on and to venerate a prized relic. 
Jul 18, 2020 - 04:36 am .- A fire being investigated as arson at a historic cathedral in western France Saturday morning has been contained, according to the local fire chief, though not before the Gothic church’s great organ and rose window sustained severe damage.
Mar 18, 2020 - 11:42 am .- Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, was convicted and sentenced by a civil court Monday for the sexual abuse of minors.
Mar 16, 2020 - 08:05 am .- A French bishop who visited the Vatican last week has tested positive for coronavirus, his diocese announced Monday.
Jan 21, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Debate began on a bioethics bill in the French Senate Tuesday after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Paris to protest state funding for medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples and single women. 
Jan 15, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, is on trial before a civil court in France. He has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of minors between 1971 and 1991; he was found guilty by an ecclesiastical tribunal last year.
Nov 11, 2019 - 12:09 pm .- The bishops of France on Saturday approved plans to offer financial compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.
Nov 4, 2019 - 06:00 pm .- A cathedral in southwestern France was robbed of chalices and other religious items after a gang rammed open the door of the church with a specially-outfitted car early in the morning of November 4.