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Oct 19, 2020 - 02:13 pm .- 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.
Oct 8, 2020 - 10:00 am .- A bill extending the abortion time limit from 12 to 14 weeks and restricting conscientious objection passed its first reading Thursday in France’s National Assembly.
Sep 8, 2020 - 06:30 am .- Attacks on churches in France are back to their “normal” level following a nationwide lockdown, according to an organization led by young Catholics. 
Sep 3, 2020 - 07:00 am .- Pope Francis said Thursday that science and faith together can help humanity to overcome ecological crises. 
Aug 21, 2020 - 10:00 am .- French Bishop Marc Aillet expressed his objections to a bioethics bill recently passed by the National Assembly, which expands the legally protected grounds for an abortion in France to include "psychosocial distress,” a move which bishops have said assures abortion nearly on demand.
Jul 28, 2020 - 09:30 am .- In 2019, two friends launched a movement to protect churches across France in response to a wave of desecrations. 
Jul 26, 2020 - 04:00 am .- A church volunteer has admitted to starting the fire at Nantes Cathedral and was charged with arson on Saturday.
Jul 25, 2020 - 02:53 pm .- 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.
Jul 23, 2020 - 08:00 am .- A retired Vatican diplomat accused of sexual assault while in office is due to appear before the Paris criminal court in November.
Jul 23, 2020 - 07:30 am .- A Catholic bishop has urged the U.K. and France to address the “underlying reasons” for a rise in migrants risking their lives to cross the English Channel.
Jul 22, 2020 - 03:55 am .- The fire that ripped through the Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes July 18 was reported around the world. But suspected arson attacks on French churches usually do not make international headlines.
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.
Jul 14, 2020 - 06:00 am .- As global coronavirus cases have surpassed 13 million, Lourdes is offering a digital pilgrimage this week to pray for the sick on the anniversary of its final Marian apparition.
Jul 10, 2020 - 11:00 am .- The archbishop of Paris has criticized the French parliament’s decision to debate a controversial bioethics bill which would increase access to in vitro fertilization while the country is still recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
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.

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