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The terrible fire at Notre Dame

Tuesday, 16th April 2019

The terrible fire at Notre Dame

A statement from the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

The terrible fire yesterday in Paris has for the time being devastated one of the greatest cathedrals of Europe. Its 850 year history has seen Notre Dame withstand revolutionary change and world wars. Now it seems it has been laid low by an accidental fire during renovation works.
That this should happen at the time of year when Christians focus on the passion and death of Christ seems strange and sad. The Church lives the passion. But the great cathedral will rise again, just as Christians everywhere will next Sunday on Easter Day celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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