Nearly a year after the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Archbishop of Paris held a small ceremony on Good Friday on Western Easter, and prayed that the Easter’s message of rebirth will bring comfort to a country severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Only seven people, including Archbishop Michel Aupetit, attended the service, but many more watched on their televisions.
“A year ago, this cathedral was burning, causing bewilderment,” said Aupetit.
“Today we are in this half-collapsed cathedral to say that life continues.”
“People have been brought down and paralysed by a pandemic that spreads death,” added the Paris Archbishop. “As we are going to celebrate Easter, we will celebrate life which is stronger than death, love stronger than hate.”