Notre Dame fire: Social media users and politicians express solidarity with Parisians

Massive Fire At Historic Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris

As the world watched in horror as Notre Dame Cathedral burned in Paris, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of NY, headed to St. Patrick's Cathedral to pray for the famous church and those battling to save it. "Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame".

President Emmanuel Macron postponed a televised speech to the nation because of the stunning blaze and was going to the cathedral himself.

Horrified onlookers gathered below near the Seine River to capture video and photos of the fire. He said firefighters would keep working overnight to cool down the building.

The fire may have been linked to renovation work being done on the cathedral.

The Mayor of London called the scenes in Paris "heartbreaking" and said London stood with Paris in sorrow.

An AP reporter at the scene of Monday's fire says the roof at the back of the cathedral, behind the nave, is in flames and yellow-brown smoke and ash fill the sky.

Located on the Ile de la Cite in the center of Paris, the Gothic cathedral attracts millions of tourists each year. Give thought for all Catholics and for all French. He added that two-thirds of the cathedral's roof "has been ravaged" and confirmed that one firefighter was injured, the only known injury from the fire.




The Friends of Notre Dame foundation has even been seeking to raise a massive €150 million ($180 million) from French citizens and Francophiles in the United States to help foot the bill for a major facelift.

The archbishop of Paris called on all priests in Paris to ring church bells as a gesture of solidarity for Notre-Dame.

Construction on Notre Dame Cathedral commenced in 1160, though it has been under construction, expansion, and various degrees of restoration ever since.

Alain Faubert, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal, said whenever he goes to Paris he makes a point to stop by the cathedral.

She walked by the cathedral Monday morning, on her way to Shakespeare and Company, the famous English-language bookstore located within eyeshot of Notre-Dame.

"Notre-Dame belonged to all humanity".

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