- Apr 20, 2021
Two years after a fire tore through Paris’s most famous cathedral and shocked the world, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday visited the building site that Notre Dame has become to show that French heritage has not been forgotten despite the coronavirus.
Pope Francis on Sunday held a 40-minute conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to several reports quoting information provided by the Elysée Palace. The two leaders spoke about the pope’s recent trip to Iraq and the post-COVID-19 pandemic world.
Catholic clergy in France perpetrated more than three times as many sexual abuse offenses as previously thought, said the head of a bishops’ commission whose report is due out in September.
France’s Catholic bishops have launched a national prayer campaign against government-backed bioethics legislation that would extend abortion and in vitro fertilization rights.
The head of French bishops’ conference testified to a special commission of the National Assembly that while he understands the need to strengthen national security, a proposed law designed to rein in extremist militancy would place religions and religious believers under particular surveillance.
France’s highest administrative court on Sunday ordered a rethink of a 30-person attendance limit for religious services put in place by the government to slow down the spread of coronavirus.
Several French women who earlier this year applied to be clergy voiced disappointment after Pope Francis yesterday named Bishop Olivier de Germay of Ajaccio as the next archbishop of Lyon, arguing the decision perpetuates Catholicism’s machista culture.