Pope Francis joins Paris in sorrow after Notre-Dame fire
FREE Catholic Classes
Pope Francis Tuesday expressed his unity with the people of France following a major blaze at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, encouraging the rebuilding of the "architectural jewel" and "witness of the faith."
Vatican City, (CNA) - Following the fire that devastated a large part of Notre-Dame Cathedral, I join you in your sadness, as well as that of the faithful of your diocese, the inhabitants of Paris and all the other French," the pope said April 16.
In a message to Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris, he wrote: "Notre-Dame is the architectural jewel of a collective memory, the gathering place for many major events, the witness of the faith and prayer of the Catholics in the city."
"On these Holy Days when we remember the passion of Jesus, his death and his resurrection, I assure you of my spiritual closeness and my prayer," he said, extending his apostolic blessing on the French bishops, Catholics, and all the inhabitants of Paris and France.
Pope Francis sent his condolences in the wake of a major fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, which started shortly before 7pm local time April 15.
The fire was brought under control shortly after midnight April 16, and totally extinguished several hours later.
The roof of the French cathedral collapsed along with its spire, but the main bell towers and historic edifice of the building were saved.
Reports also indicate that the major religious and artistic treasures of the cathedral were removed as the fire began, including a relic of the crown of thorns.
Paris' prosecutor has said it is inquiring into "accidental destruction by fire." A French official said April 16 the fire was not intentionally started.
Pope Francis wrote that he is aware that the fire has caused serious damage not only to what is a historic site, but "a national symbol dear to the hearts of Parisians and French people in the diversity of their convictions."
He hopes the Paris cathedral will be reconstructed to become once again "this beautiful setting in the heart of the city, a sign of the faith of those who built it, mother church of your diocese, architectural and spiritual heritage of Paris, France and humanity."
Pope Francis also praised the firefighters for their work and their courage.
Papal spokesman Alessandro Gisotti wrote on Twitter early April 16 that the pope is praying for French Catholics and for the people of Paris and that "he assures his prayers for all those who strive to cope with this tragic situation.".
Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
A court in the United Kingdom ruled last week that it is in the best interest of a pregnant woman with severe learning disabilities that ... continue reading
The Polish bishops' conference has agreed to begin the canonization process for the parents of Saint John Paul II. Krakow, Poland, (CNA) - ... continue reading
A judge in England has decided that a disabled woman who is pregnant will be fitted with a contraceptive device immediately following her ... continue reading
A senior legal official in the Vatican has dismissed the idea that a planned "synodal process" in Germany will be "binding," noting that ... continue reading
On October 10, observed internationally as World Mental Health Day, Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel and Brighton said that society should ... continue reading
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.