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Jun 18, 2020 - 01:13 pm .- Over the last seven decades at least 3,000 children were sexually abused by Catholic clergy or officials in France, according to the latest statements from an investigating commission, with many more feared to have been abused.
Mar 25, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- Church bells rang simultaneously across France at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, in a show of national unity amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and in commemoration of the Feast of the Annunciation. 
Mar 17, 2020 - 05:30 am .- The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes has closed for the first time in over a century following new restrictions in France to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Mar 6, 2020 - 05:10 am .- The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after his recent acquittal at the conclusion of his appeal of a 2019 conviction of failing to report abuse.
Jan 30, 2020 - 07:45 am .- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been acquitted by a French appeals court of failing to report sexual abuse by a diocesan priest.
Jan 25, 2020 - 04:43 pm .- The French Senate this week passed a bill that would allow access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for single women and lesbian couples.
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 - 06:00 am .- The French Catholic bishops’ conference permanent council has approved a recommendation to remove references to the sex of parents on baptismal registry forms.
Nov 22, 2019 - 10:35 am .- An elderly nun in France has received an apology from a French mayor after retirement home staff wrongly rejected her, citing a strict ban on religious garb and “ostentatious” signs of religion.
Jul 25, 2019 - 02:48 pm .- Almost four months after a fire destroyed the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris, officials are concerned that the building is still at risk of collapse. Now instead of a fire threatening the 850-year-old building, it is the record summer temperatures that may further erode the stonework.
Jul 17, 2019 - 12:45 pm .- France’s Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill on the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral— three months after a fire destroyed the church’s roof— even amid disagreement on the best way to proceed with the restoration.
Jul 11, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- Vandalism, theft, arson and other increasing attacks on churches in France have led to debates about their causes, amid shock to the community, questions bout the perpetrators, and debates over what the attacks might mean about French culture and the place of Christianity.
Jul 11, 2019 - 03:34 am .- Vincent Lambert, a 42 year-old quadriplegic man, died in a French hospital Thursday morning, more than one week after doctors withdrew his food and water.
Jul 10, 2019 - 08:16 am .- The Archbishop of Paris, Michael Aupetit, has asked priests of his archdiocese to offer Mass for the intention of Vincent Lambert, the 42 year-old quadriplegic man nearing death in a French hospital after doctors withdrew food and water on Sunday.
Jul 8, 2019 - 11:07 am .- The Holy See has announced it has revoked the diplomatic immunity of the apostolic nuncio to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, clearing the way for the diplomat to face criminal charges in that country.
Jun 29, 2019 - 04:07 pm .- Reviving a three-year old debate over what constitutes appropriate swimwear for women at the beach, a French city shut down its only public pools after Muslim women attempted to swim wearing burkinis despite a ban on them in the city.
Jun 27, 2019 - 10:28 am .- An initial investigation into the devastating fire that consumed much of Notre-Dame cathedral in April has found no signs of criminal action behind the blaze, French officials said Wednesday.
Jun 27, 2019 - 03:17 am .- France’s soon-to-be mandatory Universal National Service program for teens has drawn serious religious freedom concerns, with critics noting that the program prohibits religious symbols, does not allow conscripts to leave for religious services, and fails to accommodate religious dietary restrictions.
Jun 25, 2019 - 03:10 pm .- A clock nearly identical to the one destroyed in the fire at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris has been found in storage.
Jun 19, 2019 - 12:00 pm .- Catholics walked through Syria’s Wadi al-Nasara, or “Valley of the Christians,” this Pentecost, praying the rosary, alternating between the Arabic and French prayers for each decade.

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