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Archbishop of Paris welcomes French president’s renewed pledge to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Parish has welcomed a renewal pledge by France's president, Emmanuel Macron, to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.

“I can’t speak for all humanity, but this is certainly a moment of global emotion and witness,” Archbishop Aupetit told Radio Notre Dame yesterday, a year after the cathedral was ravaged by a fire.

“Both the city and state, which own the cathedral, are agreed on the goal of reconstruction, and it was important to show from our Holy Week ceremonies that this is now on track. In this sense, it’s more important to show the cathedral is alive than to celebrate such a sad anniversary,” the archbishop continued.

Mr Macron described the cathedral as a ‘symbol of society’s resilience’ and says he hopes it can be rebuilt by 2024.

On pause

He confirmed that construction was on hold because of COVID-19, but reassured French catholics that it would ‘start up again as soon as possible.’

around 500 firefighters battled so save the 850-year-old cathedral after the fire last year. The flames brought own its 300-foot-spire and two thirds of its 13th century roof and much of its wooden interior were destroyed.

Mr Macron said the coronavirus crisis was currently ‘monopolising all thoughts’ in France, but praised the ‘specialists, architects, artisans, workers and apprentices’ who were working to rebuild the cathedral and thanked the 340,000 people and institutions worldwide who donated money.

“The French will again rediscover the joy of being together, and the spire of Notre Dame will once again rise toward heaven,” Mr Macron said.

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