For the first time in more than 200 years, faithful will not be able to attend the Christmas service at the Cathedral of the Norte Dame, where the reconstruction works are continuing after the devastating fire.
“There will be no Midnight Mass in Notre Dame. The last time this happened was during the French Revolution. Since 1803, there have always been Christmas celebrations at Notre Dame,” the spokesman for the diocese of Paris told Reuters.
The fire of April 15 caused the roof and the bell tower with its arrow to collapse, despite the fact that the central belfries and the exterior walls were saved, along with religious relics and priceless works of art.
Monsignor Patrick Chauvet, a senior clergyman at the cathedral, stressed that “Christmas is the feast of hope. Let’s be patient for another 4 years.”