Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert.
At Christmases past, parishioners at Middle Collegiate in New York City rejoiced over gospel hymns, carols, and soul tunes played on a Steinway piano that is now only metal and ashes after the historic church was destroyed this month by fire.
Workers suspended from ropes will be lowered into the charred remains of scaffolding that melted atop Notre Dame when the cathedral went up in flames and begin the delicate job of dismantling the 200 tons of metal.
A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.
PARIS (RNS) — The last flames have been extinguished. It’s now up to the experts to assess how much Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been damaged and how many years, maybe decades, it will take to repair it.
(RNS) — As fire devastates the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the building is as much a symbol of the recent history of the Catholic Church in Europe as it once was a symbol of the Church’s power and cultural supremacy.