Notre-Dame marks Good Friday one year after devastating blaze
The archbishop of Paris led a small prayer ceremony Friday at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, marking the start of the Catholic Easter weekend one year after a fire that nearly destroyed the world heritage monument."There is still life here," Archbishop Michel Aupetit said after he and a handful of priests entered the church wearing white hard hats for Good Friday prayers.However there will be no Easter celebrations held at Notre-Dame nor any other church in France, after large gatherings were banned last month as part of France's lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.Restoration work at t...
Paris's Notre-Dame holds first mass since devastating blaze
Paris (AFP) - The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris hosted its first mass on Saturday exactly two months after a devastating blaze, with priests and worshippers wearing hard hats to protect themselves against possible falling debris.Dressed in a white robe and helmet, Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit led the service, which was attended by just some 30 people -- half of them clergy."The fire, which ravaged the building on April 15, has provoked a wave of emotion, not only for the community of believers," Archbishop Aupetit said in his sermon, broadcast live "This cathedral is a place of worship, ...