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April 16, 2019

World leaders react to the Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Richard Bord/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Political and religious leaders have led the way in expressing solidarity with the people of France as the world reflects on the images of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. President Emmanuel Macron of France was among the first to react to the scenes, as the iconic building caught fire Monday night. "Notre-Dame is aflame," he wrote on Twitter. "Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like a..
April 16, 2019

$339 million pledged to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral following fire

Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) -- At least 300 million euros ($339 million) have been pledged so far to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral, which nearly burned to the ground on Monday. French billionaire Bernard Arnault and his conglomerate LVMH have pledged 200 million euros, according to Bloomberg, and François-Henri Pinault, another French billionaire, said he and his family would donate 100 million euros, according to Buzzfeed. Before the fire, an estimated investment of 150 million euros ov..
April 16, 2019

Flames cause ‘colossal damages’ to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, officials say

FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A fire has engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one of the city's most iconic sights. The fire began at 6:50 p.m. local time Monday, the Paris fire department said, and continued to burn hours later. A French firefighter official told reporters the main structure of the cathedral has been saved and the two iconic main towers are intact and have been saved as well. French Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that authorities were evacuating people from b..
April 15, 2019

Notre Dame: The national and architectural significance of the historic cathedral

Alexandra D. Urban/iStock(PARIS) -- There are few monuments that are more distinctly French or more woven into the history of France than Notre Dame Cathedral. As images of the fire ravaging through the historic church sparked outcries around the globe, people from all walks of life are mourning. Its place in Catholicism is undisputed, as is its role in French history. It was the site of some of the most notable coronations, including that of Emperor Napoleon. Beyond the Catholics who attend mas..