- Yesterday, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, causing the spire and some of the roof to collapse.
- While the church will need time to recover, the good news is that its rose windows are reportedly safe, as is the Crown of Thorns relic, which was rescued by a hero priest named Father Jean-Marc Fournier.
The sight of the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burning was gut-wrenchingly awful, but firefighters in Paris were thankfully able to put out the blaze before the building collapsed.
Even though teams are still surveying the structural damages and risks, the church is still here, and thanks to the heroics of firefighters and one priest, so are some of the church’s most valued relics and art.
According to CNN, the archbishop of Paris has confirmed that all three gigantic stained-glass rose windows hanging in the cathedral have been miraculously saved. The windows date back to the 13th century, and one hangs over the Great Organ, which also made it through the fire.
Additionally, the cathedral’s “most precious and most venerated relic,” the Crown of Thorns, was also rescued. This relic is said to have been placed on Jesus Christ’s head at crucifixion, and it was being stored in the cathedral’s treasury when the building caught fire.
The New York Post says a priest named Father Jean-Marc Fournier sprinted into the building to save the Crown of Thorns as well as the Blessed Sacrament.
“Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” an emergency services member told Ireland’s radio station NewsTalk. “He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day and shows no fear.”
Right now, workers are still removing artwork from Notre Dame, which is being sent to the Louvre museum and Paris City Hall. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted out videos of teams working to move the art.
Les œuvres sauvées de l’incendie de #NotreDame par les pompiers, les policiers et les agents municipaux, mises à l’abri cette nuit à l’Hôtel de Ville, sont à présent prises en charge par les services de l’Etat. Un très grand merci à toutes les équipes qui se sont mobilisées. pic.twitter.com/AZId6ad0NV- Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) April 16, 2019
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