- Associated Press
- Sep 9, 2020
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.
The day after a fire devastated Notre Dame Cathedral, Pope Francis has written French Archbishop Michel Aupetit to say, “I associate myself with your sadness, as well as that of the faithful of your diocese, the inhabitants of Paris and all the French.”
In an impromptu act of togetherness and hope, Parisians and visitors to France’s charismatic capital came together to pray for Notre Dame as a fire quickly advanced through the cathedral Monday.
Rebuilding Paris’s Cathedral of Notre Dame isn’t just a historical vocation for the French, but for Catholics everywhere.