Notre-Dame fire: Bishop Deeley asks prayers for people of Paris

Apr 15, 2019

Portland — In response to a request from Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris, Portland Bishop Robert P. Deeley has asked Maine churches to ring their bells as an invitation to prayer for the people of Paris and the first responders battling the fire today at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Deeley said, “France has lost a cultural icon that has stood for over eight centuries, and the world has lost a beloved symbol of Christianity. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame served as a beautiful center of faith for countless generations of Catholics and as a source of inspiration and architectural brilliance for the millions of tourists who were blessed to visit it.

"It is difficult to process this tragic loss," Deeley said. "At the request of Archbishop Michel Aupetit, archbishop of Paris, I invite Maine churches to ring their bells as an invitation to prayer.

"The Diocese of Portland joins the faithful around the world in praying for the people of Paris and the first responders who continue to battle this fire.”

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