Posts Tagged ‘France’

Non! French bishops oppose bioethics law reforms Comments 0

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

In a written statement covering a range of ethical concerns, the French bishops permanent council urges Catholics to express their opposition to changes to France’s bioethics laws. The proposed reforms have just passed the National Assembly on first reading and should be passed into law by early next year. They will allow assisted procreation to Read more

Attacks on French churches back to ‘normal’ level Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Attacks on French churches have moved back up to their “normal” level after a reduction during the country’s March 17 to May 11 lockdown. A spokesperson for an organization led by young Catholics, Protège ton église (Protect Your Church) says during the pandemic attacks continued on a smaller scale. This was despite the lockdown rules Read more

Papal nuncio in Paris to meet women who applied for jobs requiring ordination Comments 0

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Papal nuncio Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican ambassador to France, plans to meet the female candidates individually at the beginning of the new school year. Marie-Automne Thepot’s mobile phone rang on the morning of July 27th and, to her surprise, the call was from the papal nuncio’s office. The 42-year-old project manager at the Paris City Read more

Another French cathedral likely victim of arson Comments 0

Monday, July 20th, 2020

A weekend fire in a French cathedral may have been started deliberately. A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire at Nantes historic St Peter and St Paul cathedral. Nantes’ public prosecutor, Pierre Sennès, says the fire appears to have started from three different spots in the cathedral: one at the level Read more

Many French churches hastily reopen Comments 0

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Many French churches in Catholic parishes across France reopened for public Mass last weekend in some hurry and disarray after the government, prompted by the country’s chief administrative court, lifted the ban imposed during the coronavirus lockdown. The interior ministry announced last Friday evening that houses of worship could reopen from that weekend if they Read more

France’s Council of State ends religious gathering ban Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

France’s religious gathering ban must be lifted within eight days, says the French Council of State. The Council is France’s highest administrative court. Currently, all gatherings in places of worship are banned except for funerals, which are limited to 20 people. After receiving many complaints, the Council ruled on Monday that the ban on religious Read more

Fewer resources and priests, bigger dioceses Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Fewer resources, a lack of priests and merging dioceses are upsetting French Catholic communities in rural areas. Talk of reducing the number of dioceses in country districts is met with hostility from clergy and Catholic faithful alike, who see it as a “view from Paris”. Nonetheless, many wonder if the country’s 100 dioceses aren’t too Read more

Ten cases of coronavirus contracted in megachurch in France Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Ten people at a five-day megachurch gathering last month in France’s Grand Est region’s fourth largest city have contracted coronavirus. The French health ministry on Mar. 3 urged the thousands of other people who were at the Feb. 17-21 evangelical rally in the Alsatian city of Malhouse to watch for possible symptoms of COVID-19. Five Read more

French nun banned from rest home because of veil Comments 0

Monday, November 25th, 2019

A 70-year old French nun has been banned from living in a rest home because it cited a strict ban on religious garb and “ostentatious” signs of religion. The home said she must remove her religious habit if she was to live at the publicly-funded residence. Although the nun’s application to live at the home Read more

Thousands march in France against IVF Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Paris on Sunday. They were opposing a bill allowing single women and lesbian couples under the age of 43 access to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. In France, IVF is currently restricted to heterosexual couples who are married or have cohabited at least two years. Besides broadening Read more