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French Cardinal Confesses to Sexual Abuse

Nov 7, 2022

A French cardinal said on Monday that he had abused a 14-year-old girl several decades ago and was making himself available to authorities.

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

Pope Francis Opens Special Process to Canonize 16 Carmelite Martyrs of French Revolution

Feb 25, 2022

At the request of the bishops of France and the Order of Carmelites Discalced (OCD), Pope Francis agreed on Feb. 22 to open a special process known in the Catholic Church as “equipollent canonization” to raise the 16 Carmelite martyrs of Compiègne to the altars.

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

Pope Francis Meets Christian Movement of Blind and Visually Impaired People

Feb 19, 2022

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

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

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

Feb 17, 2022

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

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France. Célian de La Rochefoucauld via youheritage.com.

Pilgrims Couldn’t Visit Lourdes. So a Drone Photographer Took Lourdes to Them

Feb 11, 2022

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

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

Synodality Not a "search for majority consensus": Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris. Ibex73 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Archbishop of Paris in France Asks Pope Francis to Decide His Future

Nov 26, 2021

Archbishop Michel Aupetit has denied a report concerning his contacts with a woman in 2012.

French bishops’ conference president Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort kneels in a sign of penance at Lourdes, Nov. 6, 2021. Valentine Chapuis/AFP via Getty Images.

French Catholic Bishops Announce "vast program of renewal" after Abuse Report

Nov 8, 2021

The bishops knelt in an act of penance in Lourdes.

Pope Francis meets with a group of French bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome, Oct. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges French Catholic Bishops to Console Victims in Wake of Abuse Report

Nov 5, 2021

The bishops are currently meeting in Lourdes.

Pope Francis prays with French bishops before his general audience, Oct. 6, 2021, in the wake of a devastating abuse report. Vatican Media.

"This is a moment of shame": Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow at French Abuse Report

Oct 6, 2021

The report estimated that 216,000 children were abused by priests and religious over 70 years.