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US NewsRevealed: 'Fearless' priest saved priceless relics from burning Notre-Dame

13:50  16 april  2019
13:50  16 april  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Paris' historic Notre-Dame Cathedral hit by fire

Paris' historic Notre-Dame Cathedral hit by fire A fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday afternoon, a spokesman from the fire department said.

A massive fire consumed Notre - Dame Cathedral on Monday, gutting and destroying the roof of the Paris “We now consider that the main structure of Notre - Dame has been saved and preserved.” Firefighters battled smoke and falling drops of molten lead to salvage priceless artworks and relics .

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A French priest who helped comfort the wounded after the worst terrorist attack on Paris this century has emerged as the hero of the Notre-Dame fire.

Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the burning cathedral on Monday night when he bravely went in with firefighters.

It had been feared that both religious artefacts would be lost to the raging fire which engulfed the iconic building.

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As Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris continues to burn , there is increasing concern for the fate of the artworks and relics it holds, along with the building’s architectural features such as its stained glass windows.

Paris’ most visited tourist attraction – the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral – caught fire Monday afternoon. People watch as fire fighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, on April All of the relics saved , cathedral's treasury preserved despite the damage - Paris

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"Father Fournier is an absolute hero," a member of the emergency services said.

"He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear."

Etienne Loraillere, an editor for France’s KTO Catholic television network, said Fournier "went with the firefighters into Notre Dame Cathedral to save the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament".

This is not the first time the priest has served the people of Paris during a national tragedy. Revealed: 'Fearless' priest saved priceless relics from burning Notre-Dame © Reuters Saved treasures from Notre-Dame Cathedral.

He went inside the Bataclan music venue in Paris on 13 November, 2015, after Islamic State terrorist murdered 89 people using guns and explosives.

The priest prayed over the dead and comforted those who were injured or had lost loved ones.

"I gave collective absolution, as the Catholic Church authorises me," Fournier said at the time. Revealed: 'Fearless' priest saved priceless relics from burning Notre-Dame © Reuters Firefighters douse flames of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Father Fournier, who is in his 50s, started his career as Catholic priest in Germany, and then moved to the Sarthe department of France.

Pictures of Notre-Dame Before the Fire: A Cathedral That Defined a City

Pictures of Notre-Dame Before the Fire: A Cathedral That Defined a City When the architects of Cathedral of Notre-Dame set to work some 850 years ago, their goals were nothing if not ambitious. © Jean-Sebastien Evrard/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Notre-Dame is one of Paris’s most famous landmarks, drawing about 13 million visitors a year. The church’s sanctuary, they decreed, must be taller than any built before. The nave would rise 108 feet, and the two 223-feet-tall towers would cast a far-reaching shadow over the roofs of Paris. © Getty Notre-Dame around 1900.

Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world's most famous churches, erupted in flames Monday in Paris As night fell on Paris and the fire continued to burn , people knelt and sang "Ave Maria" as they Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said authorities were trying to save priceless art and relics from

The structure of Notre Dame was saved after a huge fire destroyed parts of the famous cathedral, according to a fire chief in Paris. Firefighters race to salvage artwork in Notre Dame Cathedral (Image: Le Pictorium / Barcroft Images). Smoke rises in front of the altar cross after a fire engulfed the building

He joined the Armed Forces diocese in 2004, spending seven years working with the army all over the world. Revealed: 'Fearless' priest saved priceless relics from burning Notre-Dame © Getty Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedra.

In Afghanistan he survived an ambush in which 10 soldiers were killed.

The Crown of Thorns is purported to be a relic of the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. It was brought to Paris in 1238 by French monarch Louis IX.

The hallowed object was contained in an elaborate gold case which was stored in the cathedral's treasury and is only occasionally displayed for people to see.

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