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In Paris, Our Cathedral Lies in Ruins

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In Paris, Our Cathedral Lies in Ruins

On 04.15.19 02:22 PM posted by Kate Pesey

PARIS—Many of us Americans have strolled the banks of the river Seine across Île de la Cité, listening to the bells of the famous towers of Notre Dame.

It’s been alandmark in Paris for over 800 years, having been built in the 13th century. Acenter of worship and political triumph, this symbol of France has survived twoworld wars.

On Monday,in the early evening hours, this French national Christian treasure began toburn.

As I writethis, the roof and spire have crumbled. Workers are quickly attempting tosalvage priceless portraits, paintings, and holy relics. Observers pass by inshock. My French friends and family are in tears.

What elsecan be done? That is the question.

The other question:How did this happen? How did two hours of blaze reduce so much of 800 years ofwork to ash?

What many people do not know is that Notre Dame is the third church in Paris to be damaged or in flames in just the past few months.

In mid-March, a similar scene played out in Saint Sulpice, in the sixth arrondissment (district) of Paris. This fire was a criminal act.

Another attack occurred on the Basilica of Saint Denis. Located in the north of Paris, this basilica houses the tombs of many kings and queens of France, which were violated and destroyed, along with the organ. This also was a criminal act.

In fact, in2017 alone the French government recorded 887 attacks on Christian artifacts orchurches.

These churches serve great purpose—for the faithful, of course, but also as a reminder of France’s heritage. In Paris, like in so many places in France, every turn of a corner is a run-in with history.

No revisionist professor or politician ever can erase those heavy thick walls that declare France’s inheritance and past.

The Frenchare known for their stubbornness and patriotic pride. I hope they will be ableto activate it to the fullest to rebuild, restore, and protect. Vive la France.

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