- May 25, 2020
Rescue workers had 66 minutes to remove treasures from Notre Dame cathedral after a devastating fire began in the historic building.
While the imposing Gothic cathedral has become a tourist mecca, Notre Dame remains at its heart a place of worship, a powerful expression of religious reverence crafted from stone.
On Wednesday Pope Francis is expected to meet Greta Thunberg, one of the world’s leading student activists who shares the pope’s ecological agenda and who at 16 is an example of not just the type of young leader Francis consistently calls for, but of his continual desire to build bridges.
Notre Dame in Paris is not the first great cathedral to suffer a devastating fire, and it probably won’t be the last.In a sense, that is good news. A global army of experts and craftspeople can be called on for the long, complex process of restoring the gutted landmark.
The disfigurement of Notre Dame, the splendid cathedral that has watched over the French capital for centuries and is now a blackened wreck mourned around the globe, felt to Parisians like a body blow.
Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris’s iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof, but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ.