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The Church of France, sometimes called the "eldest daughter of the Church" owing to its early and unbroken communion (second century) with the bishop of Rome, is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. The French church is under the spiritual leadership of the Pope, curia in Rome, and the Conference of French bishops.

It is estimated that 83-90% of France's population are Catholic, It takes pride in some of the most beautiful churches in all of Christianity, including Notre Dame de Paris, Chartres Cathedral, Reims Cathedral, and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, Eglise de la Madeleine, and Amiens Cathedral. Its shrine, Lourdes, is visited by 5 million pilgrims yearly. Some of its most famous saints include St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Irenaeus, St. John Vianney the Cure of Ars, St. Joan of Arc, St. Bernadette, Louis IX of France, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

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