Latest Notre Dame Cathedral News

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire

Jun. 15, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire. Exactly two months after...

Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works

Jun. 14, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The billionaire French donors who publicly proclaimed they would give hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials. Instead, it's mainly American and French individuals,...

Canadian PM visits ravaged Notre Dame to show solidarity

May. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A month after a fire engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral, workers are still trying to ensure the edifice is safe enough for the restoration process to begin, French Culture Minister Franck Riester said. Riester and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore hard hats for a visit Wednesday inside...

Notre Dame's melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels

May. 9, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral's melted roof has left astronomically high lead levels in the plaza outside and adjacent roads. Paris police say lead levels from the roof were found to be between 10 and 20 grams per kilogram of ground — between 32 and 65 times the recommended limit by French...

Lead from Notre Dame fire dictates area health precautions

Apr. 27, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris police say areas near Notre Dame Cathedral with elevated lead levels after the fire that ravaged the famous monument will remain closed to the public until they are deemed safe. The fire sent large amounts of lead into the air because hundreds of tons of the metal were used in Notre...

French police experts start Notre Dame checks after fire

Apr. 25, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police scientists were starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral on Thursday for the first time since last week's devastating fire. Among their questions: whether cigarette butts from construction workers could have played a role. Experts from three police agencies will take samples and...

Workers install tarps to protect gutted Notre Dame from rain

Apr. 23, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Professional mountain climbers were hired to install synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral, as authorities raced to prevent further damage ahead of storms that are rolling in toward Paris. The looming bad weather threatens to further damage the...

Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

Apr. 22, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it's not. In the wake of the fire last week that gutted Notre Dame, questions are being raised about the state of...

Pope denounces 'cruel violence' of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "cruel violence" of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis...

Paris Easter Mass honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

Apr. 21, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument. Some streets around the medieval cathedral also reopened six days after...