Devastating Loss: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Burns in Massive Fire

Our hearts and prayers here at Bayard, Inc. are with the people of France and with the global Church that weeps at the losses that stem from the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.

As La Croix and many news outlets have reported today, Notre Dame, the great Catholic cathedral in the middle of Paris, has suffered a catastrophic fire. Cause of the flames has not yet been established, but major renovations were taking place there. As of this writing, no injuries reported, and firefighters are on the scene.

Reporting this on-going story, and more relevant photos are found at La Croix.

We hope to bring more details here when they are known. In the meanwhile, we beseech your prayers for all those fire-fighters and first responders battling the flames, and for the many people who work and live nearby.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

To donate toward the reconstruction of this religious landmark, we recommend that you use the official fundraising program, Fonds Notre Dame de Paris.

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Prayer of St. John Paul II at Notre Dame from May 30, 1980:

Virgin Mary, at the heart of the Cité

We pray to you for this capital city.

You Intact, preserve the purity of its faith!

Virgin Mary, from the banks of the Seine,

We pray to you for the country of France.

O Mother, teach it to hope!

Virgin Mary, in this great Christian site,

We pray to you for all the earth’s people.

You, full of grace, may they be one in Love.

Source: Notre Dame Cathedral website

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