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WorldThe cross still stands and votives remained lit. Signs of hope out of the Notre Dame cathedral fire

20:00  16 april  2019
20:00  16 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

French billionaire pledges €100 million to rebuild Notre Dame

French billionaire pledges €100 million to rebuild Notre Dame A French billionaire has pledged to donate 100 million euros to help rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral after the historic building was engulfed in a fire Monday. François-Henri Pinault, who owns the French luxury group Kering, made the pledge to AFP. Kering owns luxury fashion brands including Gucci and Saint Laurent. French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault (Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent) tells @AFP he will donate 100 million euros to rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Incidentally, the Notre Dame fire broke out during Holy Week and came at a time when the Catholic Church has been rocked by a widening sexual Amid the charred rubble of Notre Dame Cathedral , the cross still stands , unburned, as a symbol of hope and resurrection. If that isn’t a poignant sign

A fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France has destroyed most of the roof and collapsed the church's central spire. The blaze broke out in the scaffolding around the spire on Monday afternoon, Paris firefighters confirmed, adding that a major operation to tackle the fire is

Parisians watched in heartache Monday as 850-plus years of art, faith and culture blazed at Notre Dame Cathedral. The spire fell. The roofing was ravaged. But then, after officials announced late Monday that the cathedral would survive, signs of hope surfaced among the damage.

The cathedral's golden altar cross was seen standing as officials surveyed the charred structure. Votive candles lit prior to the blaze — each one symbolizing a prayer — still flickered undisturbed in the cathedral, CNN reported.

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Fears for the treasures of Notre Dame : Christ's 'crown of thorns' is saved, but fragment of the Cross and nails 'used to crucify Jesus' are among countless ancient artefacts still unaccounted for. The fate of many of the Notre Dame 's treasures is still unknown after the huge fire which ripped through the

Notre - Dame de Paris, often referred to simply as Notre - Dame , is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France.

"Notre Dame was destroyed but the soul of France was not," Michel Aupetit, archbishop of Paris, told RMC radio.

Not all was lost, surveyors found. And many of the cathedral's greatest treasures were safe. Here are hopeful signs of what's survived in the Notre Dame fire.

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A human chain saved divine relics

The cathedral housed relics believed to stretch back to the earliest days of Christianity, such as the Crown of Thorns associated with Christ. Jean-Francois Martins, Paris' deputy mayor of tourism, told "CBS This Morning" that workers with the church formed "a human chain" to save the cathedral's relics amid the blaze.

"Very quickly a team was fully dedicated to save all these holy pieces, and specifically the relics and the crown," Martins said. "Everything is safe and undamaged, and in our really bad day, we had one good news."

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Fire rips through Notre - Dame . Paris landmark's main structure 'has been saved'. Macron vows to rebuild. Dispatch: 'No words can describe the pain'. Bénédicte Paviot: This impossible devastation wounds us all. Telegraph View: Notre - Dame can and must rise again.

At first glance, Notre - Dame ’s two towers appear like identical twins. Closer examination reveals that the north tower is in fact a bit bigger than the south. Some of the most popular images of Notre - Dame are from the perspective of its gargoyles or chimera (the carved monsters that don’t act as waterspouts).

The St. Louis Tunic, a garment worn by the 13th-century French king, was also saved, fire officials told France's BFM-TV, along with several chalices, while some works unable to be removed were sheltered.

Rose windows and organ appear safe

The building's 13th-century rose windows, called "one of the greatest masterpieces of Christianity" by the cathedral, appeared to have survived, cathedral spokesman André Finot told BFM-TV.

"From what I could see, the stained glass had not been touched. The three beautiful roses that date back to the 12th and 13th century were still there," he said.

The cathedral's famous 18th-century organ and its 8,000 pipes also survived, officials said.

Statues of saints were spared

While the cathedral's 295-foot spire collapsed in Monday's fire, copper statues representing the 12 apostles and four evangelists that stood around it did not. They had been removed before the fire broke out as part of a $6.8 million renovation project. Other statues about the cathedral appeared to have survived, too.

Trump offers Pope Francis, Macron US help with Notre Dame

Trump offers Pope Francis, Macron US help with Notre Dame President Trump said Wednesday he spoke on the phone with Pope Francis and offered U.S. assistance in rebuilding Paris's Notre Dame cathedral, as he did in an earlier conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. "Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction," Trump tweeted. ....in my conversation yesterday with President @EmmanuelMacron of France.

A photograph of the cross that survived the fire before the tragedy unfolded. At the height of the Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof as Eiffel Tower shines a light onto the famous Notre Dame – which means 'Our Lady’ – was build in 1160 and completed by 1260, and has been

Notre - Dame has been saved from total destruction after a blaze ripped through the cathedral , French fire services have said. Flames broke out at the 12th A firefighter at the scene confirmed all efforts were being put into saving artwork at the back of the cathedral and stopping the northern tower from

“You can still see that the statue of the Virgin Mary is still standing,” Paris resident Catherine Oudot, 63, told USA TODAY, noting the building's facade.

"It’s a relief to know that it survived. Notre Dame isn’t just a Christian landmark or a cultural landmark. It’s an absolute symbol for us, for France."

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Ubisoft's 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' Downloaded 3M Times Following Notre Dame Fire.
The French video game company made the 2014 title available for free on PC and also pledged to donate 500,000 euros to the reconstruction effort.

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