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New Controversy Erupts Over Plans for the Rebuilding of Notre Dame

By Solène Tadié, National Catholic Register, December 29,2020 A leak in the French media suggested the rebuilding of the interior of the cathedral is tilting towards a more contemporary style, but the Archdiocese of Paris insists no decision will be made before the end of March. PARIS,... read more
Church-goers wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus lineup outside the Notre-Dame-des-Champs church in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.

Court orders France to rethink 30-person limit on worship

French churches, mosques and synagogues can open their doors again to worshippers - but only a few of them, as France cautiously starts reopening after a second virus lockdown. Some churches may defy the 30-person limit they feel as too unreasonable, and other sites may stay closed until they can... read more

‘We want Mass’: Catholics in France protest ban on public worship

Catholics protest coronavirus restrictions under which public Masses are banned By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, November 15, 2020 Catholics in France gathered outside churches in multiple cities this weekend calling on the government to allow them to attend Mass during the national... read more
A man prays in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice, France,

Can We Please Get Serious about Protecting Religious Freedom?

By Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, November 2, 2020 The attack on a church in France and the foster-care case at the Supreme Court on Wednesday are rallying cries. ‘Blessed is the Righteous Judge.” Someone had painted an icon on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. It wasn’t... read more

Attacker of religious sister arrested amid spate of anti-Catholicism in Austria

CNA Staff, Nov 2, 2020 After a Catholic religious sister was attacked on a bus, police have arrested a 19-year-old Afghan, according to police in the Austrian state of Styria. The attack came among a spate of anti-Catholic attacks and demonstrations in Austria. Between 30 and 50 young... read more

France moves to ban homeschooling in 2021

France's president explicitly intends the move to stifle religious instruction of children. By LifeSite News, October 2, 2020 French president Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday morning that he intends to outlaw homeschooling for all children except those who have a health condition that... read more
Bishop Marc Aillet

Bishop Aillet: ‘The Church Must Proclaim the Truth’ on French Abortion Lw

France’s National Assembly, the lower house of the country’s parliament, passed a bill Aug. 1 adding "psychosocial distress" as grounds for an abortion as part of the country’s Bioethics Law. By Catholic News Agency, August 23, 2020 WASHINGTON — French Bishop Marc Aillet expressed... read more

French cathedral burns in suspected arson fire

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, July 18, 2020 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... read more

French court orders government to lift ban on religious services

By John Burger, Aletia, May 19, 2020 Freedom of worship is a fundamental freedom and includes the right to participate collectively in religious ceremonies, said a court ruling in France on Tuesday. The government was ordered to lift the “general and absolute ban on assembly in places of... read more

Notre Dame Cathedral to Broadcast Crown of Thorns Veneration on Good Friday

Archbishop Aupetit will lead a meditation on the Passion of Christ inside the cathedral in the apse behind Notre-Dame’s Pietà. By Courtney Mares, CNA, April 9, 2020 PARIS — One year after the world watched the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burn, the Archbishop of Paris will display... read more

Confessions of a Former Freemason Officer, Converted to Catholicism

Serge Abad Gallardo, a former senior official of the French government and venerable master of the Freemasons, reveals Freemasonry’s anti-Christian spiritual and ideological roots and its impact on democratic political life. By Solène Tadié, National Catholic Register, February 14,... read more
The Cathedral of Saint-Alain in Lavaur, France: Inside, repairs to recent vandalism of a Gothic structure there 700 years.

Anti-Christian Attacks in France Quietly Quadrupled. Why?

Donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral, but a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron that it will be completed within five years is facing accusations of being wildly off track. (Credit: AP.)

French president faces questions over Notre Dame restoration