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Pope Francis meets with members of Lazare Association from France at the Vatican, Aug. 28, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tosses Speech to Listen to 200 Formerly Homeless People

Aug 30, 2021

The pope asked those present: ‘What do you expect from the Church?

Fr. Olivier Maire, French provincial superior of the Montfort Missionaries (the Company of Mary). Olivier Faure on Twitter

Police Question Rwandan Immigrant Suspected of Murdering Catholic Priest in France

Aug 9, 2021

A 40-year-old Rwandan immigrant already suspected of starting a devastating fire at a French cathedral was questioned by police in connection with the murder of a Catholic priest on Monday in western France.

Fr. Olivier Maire. G.Moreau - Diocèse de Luçon

Who was Fr. Olivier Maire, the Catholic Priest Murdered in France?

Aug 9, 2021

The 60-year-old priest was a popular leader of retreats.

The flag of France. Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock.

Breaking: Catholic Priest Murdered in France, Says Country’s Interior Minister

Aug 9, 2021

Gérald Darmanin wrote: “All my support to the Catholics of our country after the dramatic murder of a priest in Vendée.”

Solignac Abbey in west-central France. Courtesy of the Diocese of Limoges.

Benedictine Monks Return to Historic French Abbey for First Time after 230-Year Absence

Aug 5, 2021

Anti-clerical revolutionaries expelled the Benedictines in 1790.

Portraits of Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loques, and Simone Barreto Silva. / Screengrab from the livestream of the Nice attack victims' memorial Nov. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis to Meet with Families of the Victims of the Nice Basilica Attack

Nov 8, 2020

Pope Francis will meet with families of the victims of the Nice basilica attack, the city’s mayor said Saturday at the national memorial service for the victims.

Notre-Dame de Nice, the site of an Oct. 29, 2020 terrorist attack. / LimeWave Photo (CC BY 2.0).

French Police Make Second Arrest in Nice Attack

Oct 30, 2020

An unnamed French official told the New York Times on Friday that police have arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with a deadly terrorist attack inside Notre-Dame de Nice.

Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France. / Victor Kiev/shutterstock.

Nice Basilica Terrorist Attack: Who Were the Victims?

Oct 29, 2020

This story is developing and will be updated: Bells tolled in Catholic parishes across France in memory of the three people killed in a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice Thursday morning.  

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by Islamic State terrorists as he offered Mass July 26, 2016.

After Teacher Beheaded, Some in France Turn to Fr. Jacques Hamel

Oct 20, 2020

Religious leaders gathered at a memorial to slain French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel Sunday, following the beheading of a Paris school teacher in an Islamist terror attack.

The renovated Saint-Louis Cathedral in Senegal. It is known to be the oldest church building in West Africa. / Saint-Louis Diocese.

Renovation of West Africa’s Oldest Cathedral Inspires Understanding, Collaboration: Bishop

Oct 11, 2020

The process of renovating Saint Louis Cathedral of Senegal’s Diocese of Saint Louis that has taken some 15 years has been described as a source of inspiration for the values of “understanding, collaboration, unity” among the people of God in the West African nation.

Pope French discusses Laudato si’ with French ecological experts Sept. 3, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Science and Faith Together can Help Protect Environment: Pope Francis

Sep 5, 2020

Pope Francis said Thursday that science and faith together can help humanity to overcome ecological crises. 

Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame. / Matthew Rice CC 4.0

Notre Dame Classes Go Online for Two Weeks Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

Aug 22, 2020

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday announced a two-week hiatus from in-person class instruction, amid a growing number of COVID-19 infections on campus. Some alumni, students, and faculty are calling on university president Father John Jenkins to suspend in-person classes altogether and move instruction online for the remainder of the semester.

Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul of Nantes in western France. / AFP via Getty Images.

Rwandan Refugee Admits Starting Fire at France’s Nantes Cathedral

Jul 26, 2020

 A church volunteer has admitted to starting the fire at Nantes Cathedral and was charged with arson on Saturday.

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Mass, Procession to Mark Fourth Anniversary of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s Murder

Jul 25, 2020

The Diocese of Rouen, France will mark the fourth anniversary of the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel with a Mass and procession at the local church on Sunday.

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens in France. / Patrick Verhoef/Shutterstock.

The 800-year-old Cathedral that Inspired the Notre-Dame de Paris Spire

Jul 19, 2020

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. 

Fr. Jacques Assanvo Ahiwa appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bouake Archdiocese, Ivory Coast.

Ivorian Cleric Lecturing in France Appointed Auxiliary Bishop in Ivory Coast

May 6, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Jacques Assanvo Ahiwa, a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg in France, as the Auxiliary Bishop of Bouake Archdiocese located in central Ivory Coast.