Parisians are mourning tonight, as one of the most important cathedrals in the world, burned. it is said, at this hour, that 60% of the cathedral has burned, but major portions of the church building has been saved.
Worry was that the Rose Windows on the North and South faces of the building would collapse. It seems at this hour, that they indeed are still intact, after firefighters in Paris doused the building with water, saving whatever they could, after an immense burn that has taken good portions of the roof and the church spire down.
I’ve never been to Paris, but I have friends who live close to the city and have shared their thoughts with the world.
Notre Dame has survived more than 800 years, and has survived manic holy men who attacked statues in the church and the building also survived wars, unscathed. Fire, on the other hand is capricious. It does not discriminate, as to what it chooses to eat.
We offer our prayers to the firefighters of Paris, and to the city of Paris and her many people, who have been standing guard close to the fire, singing hymns as a community.
This, the holiest week in the Catholic Church, marks from Palm Sunday, yesterday through to the Easter Triduum next Sunday.
The loss of Notre Dame Cathedral cannot be understated. Emmanuel Macron has said that a vigorous rebuilding program will begin, once the flames have been extinguished and an assessment of the damage is complete. Then the world will come together and we will rebuild the church.