Taken shortly after the fire this picture shows shows the altar surrounded by charred debris
The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral, Patrick Chauvet, says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50% chance” the structure might not be saved, because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument.
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The flames had barely been extinguished on the night of April 15th, 2019 when donations from around the world began pouring in to help with the rebuilding of Notre-Dame cathedral. But eight months on and the building remains swathed in scaffolding and officials have confirmed that there will be no Christmas Mass held there this year, for the first time in more than 200 years.
Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars – a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. But an accidental fire in peacetime finally stopped the cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year, for the first time in over two centuries.
Singers of the Maîtrise Notre Dame de Paris called off last night’s Christmas concert in the Saint-Sulpice church, as well as all other seasonal events, in protest at the dismissal of several members of the adult chorus.
Where Notre Dame once stood as an ineffable monument to the Catholic faith, now stands a burned husk, roofless and threatening to collapse. The expansive floor, where all pews have been removed, has been scraped clean of the char, but some piles of rubble remain.