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Bishop Edward J. Burns and President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference issue statements on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Publish Date: April 15, 2019


Statement from Bishop Edward Burns
Diocese of Dallas

I join in the great sadness felt around the world over the fire that is ravaging Notre Dame Cathedral in France.  Notre Dame is truly an iconic landmark that stands as a beacon of faith in Europe and around the globe.  While we mourn the damage to this historic treasure, we are grateful there has been no loss of life. Please join me in praying for the City of Paris and for the safety of all those battling this catastrophic blaze.  

WASHINGTON—Amidst the devastating fire taking place at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Pairs, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement to the people of Paris.

The full statement follows:

“The horrific fire that is engulfing the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris is shocking and saddens us all, for this particular cathedral is not only a majestic Church, it is also a world treasure. Noble in architecture and art, it has long been a symbol of the transcendent human spirit as well as our longing for God. Our hearts go out to the Archbishop and the people of Paris, and we pray for all the people of France, entrusting all to the prayers and intercession of the Mother of God, especially the firefighters battling the fire. We are a people of hope and of the resurrection, and as devastating as this fire is, I know that the faith and love embodied by this magnificent Cathedral will grow stronger in the hearts of all Christians.”