Most Rev Justin Welby tweeted his support for those mourning the 13th century landmark after flames destroyed its roof and brought down the iconic spire.
He said: “Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic Notre Dame fire – and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this beautiful, sacred place where millions have met with Jesus Christ.
“Nous sommes avec vous [we are with you].”
Hundreds of fire fighters were called to the scene after a blaze broke out at around 6pm UK time. It was not until 3am on Tuesday that the incident was declared under control.
Fr Aiden Troy from the English-speaking Roman Catholic Church of St Joseph’s in central Paris told Premier: “There’s a sense that something [of the building] has been saved.
Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic #NotreDame fire – and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this beautiful, sacred place where millions have met with Jesus Christ. Nous sommes avec vous.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) April 15, 2019
“I was looking at the headlines of many of the French newspapers this morning, and it’s like the heart has been torn out of the city.
[There is] a great sadness and, almost…a great numbness.”
The fire, which is not being treated as arson or terror-related, was described as “heart-breaking” in a statement released by the…
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