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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral’s organ getting 4-year-long cleaning

By Angela Charlton, Nadine Achoui-Lesage — August 3, 2020

PARIS (AP) — Pipe by precious pipe, the organ that once thundered through Notre Dame Cathedral is being taken apart after last year’s devastating fire. The restoration is expected to last nearly four years.

Why the restored Notre Dame cathedral must remain a church

By Michel Aupetit — April 29, 2020

(RNS) — Some are asking if Paris’ restored cathedral should serve as a cultural center. The archbishop of Paris argues that its mission as a church is critical to the city and mankind.

Notre Dame is more than a tourist attraction, says Paris archbishop

By Tom Heneghan — June 17, 2019

PARIS (RNS)  — At the first mass celebrated at Notre Dame since a fire destroyed its roof and spire, Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit reminded worshipers and viewers on television that the cathedral’s primary identity is as a church, rebutting some restoration plans that focus on its historical value.

Holy Week services go on in Paris despite Notre Dame fire

By Tom Heneghan — April 18, 2019

PARIS (RNS) — Holy Week services for Catholics in Paris go on in new locations while plans for recovering from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire get started with more than $1 billion pledged for repairs.

Notre Dame’s history is 9 centuries of change, renovation and renewal

By Maile Hutterer — April 17, 2019

(The Conversation) — The Notre-Dame de Paris had been damaged and changed many times since the mid-12th century. But the fire on April 15 might have been its most catastrophic event.

History lends plenty of hope for the resurrection of Notre Dame

By Beth Allison Barr — April 16, 2019

(RNS) — Great cathedrals like Canterbury and St. Paul’s have risen from their ashes, giving us some of Christendom’s most majestic and popular pilgrimage sites today.

Notre Dame fire extinguished, Paris turns to assessing damage and repairs

By Tom Heneghan — April 16, 2019

PARIS (RNS) — Crowds gathered outside of Notre Dame Cathedral to give thanks that the beloved Paris landmark still stood, while officials began assessing damaging and making plans to rebuild. More than 500 million euros has already been pledged toward repairs.

Notre Dame, long a symbol of Catholicism in Europe, becomes a picture of its collapse

By Thomas Reese — April 15, 2019

(RNS) — In recent decades, Notre Dame was more a tourist destination than a place of pilgrimage or a seat of Catholic potency.

Notre Dame Cathedral: A place of worship, history, art

By Adelle M. Banks — April 15, 2019

(RNS) — The Paris cathedral celebrated its 850th anniversary in 2013. It has been the most visited monument in France, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ravaged by fire

By Tom Heneghan — April 15, 2019

(RNS) — A massive fire engulfed the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in the heart of Paris Monday evening (April 15), destroying the entire wooden frame. The roof and spire also collapsed.

New bells set to ring out from Notre Dame Cathedral

By Elizabeth Bryant — March 22, 2013

PARIS (RNS) Only one of Notre Dame Cathedral’s original 10 bells survived the French Revolution, and officials hope a new set of nine replacement bells will be more befitting of “the first church of France.”

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