- Jun 19, 2021
Two years after a fire tore through Paris’s most famous cathedral and shocked the world, French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday visited the building site that Notre Dame has become to show that French heritage has not been forgotten despite the coronavirus.
Pope Francis on Sunday held a 40-minute conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to several reports quoting information provided by the Elysée Palace. The two leaders spoke about the pope’s recent trip to Iraq and the post-COVID-19 pandemic world.
For those who know him, and many do, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State and thus the top aide to Pope Francis, is not typically a figure who conjures up the term “daredevil.” Yet over the last few days, we’ve seen Parolin channel his inner Evel Knievel in three distinct areas.
Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire.
Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin who is overseeing the reconstruction of the fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral told French broadcaster CNews on Sunday that “the cathedral is still in a state of peril” after last year’s fire, which destroyed its roof and collapsed its spire as the cathedral was undergoing renovations.
The Notre Dame cathedral is holding its first Mass since the April fire that ravaged the edifice’s roof and caused its masterpiece spire to collapse.
The French Senate passed new legislation stipulating that Notre Dame be rebuilt to its last known condition.
France’s government has presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and providing transparency on how huge amounts of donation money for the restoration will be spent.