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Trump and the Rest of the World Mourn on Twitter as Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

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Trump and the Rest of the World Mourn on Twitter as Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

On 04.15.19 03:41 PM posted by Fred Lucas

President Donald Trump shared in the world’s horror at news that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a Catholic landmark dating to the 13th century, was being ravaged by fire.

“No cathedral in the world like it,” Trump told a crowd at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Minneapolis, where he spoke at a scheduled event, adding of the fire: “It’s a terrible sight to behold.”

News of the fire Monday evening in Paris came while Trump was aboard Air Force One en route to Minnesota.


Before taking the stage, Trump tweeted: “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.”

The president, like so many others, had a suggestion: “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
First lady Melania Trump also took to Twitter to write about the inferno.
My heart breaks for the people of Paris after seeing the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Praying for everyone’s safety.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 15, 2019
According to a press pool report, some in the president’s audience gasped with surprise at his announcement of the fire, apparently not having seen or heard the news yet.

Notre Dame is considered to be one of the world’s finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its construction was ordered by the bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, in 1160.

The blaze came during the most sacred week of the Christian calendar, the day after Palm Sunday and just days before Good Friday and Easter Sunday.


“It’s burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burning,” Trump said of the inferno.


The president said Notre Dame in Paris is “greater than almost any museum in the world.”


“It’s very bad, and it’s looking like it’s burning to the ground,” he said.

Trump called the French landmark “a part of our culture.”


“It’s a part of our lives,” he said. “I’ve been there.”


Indeed, the sight transfixed and saddened countless millions around the world, some of whom used Twitter and other social media to express themselves and their sorrow.

The famous spire is gone but the two towers of Notre Dame are “safe,” Laurent Nunez, secretary to France’s interior minister, said.

“The fire is now weaker,” Nunez told media at the scene, CNN reported. “We are now in a time of cooling, but both towers of the cathedral are safe. We’re still working to save the cathedral’s works of art.”


The fire reportedly began accidentally and “may be linked to building [renovation] work at the cathedral,” The Guardian reported.

At day’s end, Trump tweeted:
God bless the people of France!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Faith leaders, other politicians, and ordinary people also took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the fire that overtook Notre Dame.


Here’s just a little of what they had to say.

“Friends, I am absolutely devastated to hear about the fire now engulfing the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris,” Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, tweeted, adding:
I did my doctoral studies in Paris and lived about a fifteen-minute walk from the Cathedral. Every Wednesday at noon, I would give a tour to English-speaking visitors to Notre Dame. The windows, especially the North Rose Window, are of enormous significance for me. Notre Dame is simply one of the most spiritually charged places in the world. Please pray to Notre Dame, Our Lady, that the damage might be contained. I was just interviewed by NBC about the Cathedral fire.




Absolutely terrible to see the Notre Dame on fire. https://t.co/2UAYUb7oyf

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 15, 2019
This is a great loss to our culture and to the Church. ? #Lent https://t.co/lSAgy1LvvX

— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) April 15, 2019
“We also pray that our Lord will bring comfort and peace to Archbishop Michael Aupetit as well as our brothers & sisters in the @dioceseparis, & the people of France at this time,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia tweeted.
"We also pray that our Lord will bring comfort and peace to Archbishop Michael Aupetit as well as our brothers & sisters in the @dioceseparis, & the people of France at this time." +Chaput via https://t.co/UMFQPH2jSo #NotreDame #NotreDameCathedral

— Archdiocese Phila. (@ArchPhilly) April 15, 2019
They don’t build beautiful churches anymore. It’s like Christians completely stopped caring about beauty 60 years ago. And now the Notre Dame cathedral is burning to the ground. I’m gutted by this, honestly.

— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 15, 2019
The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is open to those who wish to offer their prayers for the people of France. This evening's 7:30 p.m. Chrism Mass at the cathedral will be celebrated in solidarity with the people of France. It will be livestreamed on the archdiocese's FB page.

— ArchdioceseBaltimore (@archbalt) April 15, 2019
This gets you in the heart. It’s sadly ancient and beautiful.

Parisians singing as they watch the Notre Dame cathedral burn. What else can they do? pic.twitter.com/WoC2TgM9xZ

— Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) April 15, 2019
If we wish to uphold the beauty and profundity of the Notre Dame cathedral, that means re-familiarizing ourselves with the philosophy and religious principles that built it.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 15, 2019
Read “The Cathedral and the Cube,” George Weigel’s classic Commentary essay on what Europe owes the Catholic civilization that built Notre Dame.

May That civilization rise again from the ashes of our Lady’s cathedral. https://t.co/ZJkZBFB08e

— Sohrab Ahmari (@SohrabAhmari) April 15, 2019
This picture really shows the scope of the disaster at Notre Dame. pic.twitter.com/6DlFJ6gAf1

— neontaster (@neontaster) April 15, 2019
I just went next door to our own beloved Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s, to ask the intercession of Notre Dame, our Lady, for the Cathedral at the heart of Paris, and of civilization, now in flames! God preserve this splendid house of prayer, and protect those battling the blaze.

— Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) April 15, 2019
#NotreDame How very sad. Perhaps a grace may come from this disaster. Perhaps – let us pray – that this dreadful shock will awaken the Faith in the Church's "eldest daughter". Pray for conversions and reversions.

— Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (@fatherz) April 15, 2019
Courtney Joyner, Athanasius Clark, Zachary Mettler, and Troy Donovan contributed to this report.

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