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A fireplace erupted on the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France.
USA TODAY

NASHVILLE — A fireplace is ravaging the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris during probably the most vital week of the yr within the Catholic Church.

It’s Holy Week.

Catholics ought to be commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in its pews at Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday providers. As an alternative, a large inferno is threatening to destroy the culturally and religiously vital icon for good.   

The timing of the blaze immediately struck the Very Rev. John Hammond, a Nashville priest and who has celebrated Mass on the revered cathedral and performed its well-known pipe organ. The more than 850-yr-previous Gothic structure is the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Paris and a functioning church, he stated. 

Firefighters douse flames burning the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.  (Photograph: BERTRAND GUAY, AFP/Getty Pictures)

“That is going to be a fair larger wrestle for the individuals of Paris who would usually be flocking to the cathedral for these very particular liturgies this week,” Hammond stated.

The cause of the hearth is just not immediately recognized, but officers say it could possibly be linked to the $6.8 million renovation work that was in progress at Notre Dame cathedral. 

As the information of the hearth unfold to the U.S., Notre Dame University in Indiana clarified on its official Twitter account that it was the Paris cathedral not their campus that was on hearth. 

However the distance did not make the blaze any less surprising to Krupali Krusche, a historic preservation professional and professor at the college. She and her fourth-yr structure college students have been streaming stay footage of the blaze in their College of Notre Dame classroom.

“It is a major loss to humanity and to the residents of France and to everyone else,” Krusche stated. “To us as conservationists, of those that work on treasuring main sites like this, this can be a unhappy day.”

Krusche, who has documented world heritage sites for moments like this, might tell from the web videos that the injury can be in depth from this hearth. 

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“Those flames that are happening at the cathedral right now, it’s the level where stone starts melting,” Krusche said. “A fire of this size especially during the restoration process of the cathedral is going to be starting from scratch in many, many ways.” 

Students from the Indiana college visit Paris every year, Krusche said. In two weeks, a group in the university’s Rome program were supposed to travel to the city and study Notre Dame. Those plans will now have to be reconsidered, she said. 

People connect with Notre Dame on multiple levels, Krusche said. It’s religiously and architecturally significant, but it also has an impact on the beauty in the world, she said.  

It resonates with anyone who wants to…