Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral


His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Apostolic Administrator of Washington

Archdiocese of Washington

It was with horror that I saw the pictures of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris ablaze.  Having visited that magnificent gothic Church and prayed in it many times, I join all of those in France and elsewhere who receive this news with such pain.

For some 800 years, Notre Dame de Paris laid claim to the imagination and affection not just of Catholics and the people of France but those around the world who have recognized it as a symbol of faith, peace and God’s presence among us.

In a special way, we offer our prayers and express our solidarity with all the people of France and particularly the faithful of the Church of Paris of which Notre Dame is the Cathedral.

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