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Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Now At Risk From the Flames
As a fire rages at the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France is mourning the destruction of one of the most prominent symbols of its national heritage—and Christians and art buffs the world over are lamenting the potential loss of a thousand years of history and faith.
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The Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is home to ancient relics held sacred by Catholics, and as the structure burned on Monday, there were fears that all of the irreplaceable items inside might be destroyed. By late Monday, police announced that the fire was under control, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo shared some good news: The Crown of Thorns, a relic believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ,
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Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the blazing Notre Dame cathedral on Monday night.
The cathedral is filled with paintings and sculptures, including a series of 76 paintings depicting the New Testament's Acts of the Apostles and a 1648 portrait of St. Thomas Aquinas. It's unclear if the famous stained-glass Rose Windows, dating back to the 13th century, have been damaged or destroyed, and there is also no word yet on the fragment of the True Cross and the Holy Nail that were kept inside the cathedral's treasury. Because the cathedral is being renovated, some items had been removed before the fire started.
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