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Today is the feast of St. Joan of Arc, the patroness of France. Joan was born to a peasant family in Champagne, France in the early 15th century. From a young age she heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret speaking to her. Then, in 1428, …

by Solène Tadié Lourdes, France, May 19, 2022 / 09:10 am In 2001, Richard Johnson suffered a major knee injury during an operation in Kosovo. The military nurse was given strong painkillers, which led him into an addiction that gradually dragged him into the abyss. He spent the next 14 …

by Solène Tadié Lourdes, France, May 16, 2022 / 07:30 am The “invisible” wounds of war are at the heart of the eighth annual Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage, taking place on May 10-16 during the 62nd International Military Pilgrimage at the shrine in southwestern France. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus in …

On May 5, Catholics celebrate Saint Hilary of Arles, a fifth-century bishop who gave up wealth and privilege in favor of austerity and sacrifice for the sake of the Church. Hilary was born during the year 401, most likely in the present-day French region of Loraine. He came from a …

by CNA Staff Vatican City, Apr 26, 2022 / 04:03 am Pope Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Laurent Ulrichas the new Catholic archbishop of Paris. Ulrich, the archbishop of Lille, northern France, succeeds Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who resigned in December. The new Paris archbishop was born in 1951 and ordained a priest of the …

by CNA Staff Nice, France, Apr 25, 2022 / 04:10 am A 72-year-old religious sister has been praised for her “extraordinary courage” after she sought to disarm a man stabbing a priest at a Catholic church in Nice, southeastern France. Sister Marie-Claude reportedly intervened after a 31-year-old man entered the …

Statue where St. Bernadette witnessed the beautiful Lady in Lourdes France (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
By Courtney Mares Vatican City, Mar 30, 2022 / 06:30 am Pope Francis named on Wednesday a new bishop of the French Catholic diocese that is home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of the world’s most-visited Marian shrines. Msgr. Jean-Marc Micas was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Tarbes-et-Lourdes on March …

On Feb. 15 the Catholic Church honors Saint Claude de la Colombiere, the 17th century French Jesuit who authenticated and wrote about Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. When he canonized St. Claude in 1992, Blessed John Paul II upheld him as a model Jesuit, …

Statue where St. Bernadette witnessed the beautiful Lady in Lourdes France (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
by Francesca Pollio Denver Newsroom, Feb 11, 2022 / 03:00 am On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. In Lourdes, France, in 1858, thirteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous was collecting pieces of wood as part of her daily chores when she noticed a startling wind …

On Feb. 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous. The Marian apparitions began Feb. 11, 1858, ended July 16 that year and received …