As Notre Dame Collapses In Flames, Heartbroken Mourners Kneel, Sing 'Ave Maria' In The Streets
The world mourns the loss of the 850-year-old cathedral, but perhaps none so much as the people of Paris, who, as night fell, gathered in the streets to pay homage to Notre Dame.
Crowds gathered in the streets of Paris tonight, to watch in heartbreak and disbelief as their city's historic, beloved cathedral roared with flame and collapsed.
The mourning crowds knelt in prayer, held hands and raised their voices in song.
Ave Maria pic.twitter.com/lb6Y5XV05a— Ignacio Gil (@Inaki_Gil) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame was built before Cortez landed on the shores of the New World, it survived wars and revolutions, has been host to millions; now the great Catholic cathedral lies in ruins, it's tall spire ashes.
All of us who've reported in Paris recently have known many tragic nights in this most beautiful of cities. But tonight is different. Impossible to describe the bewilderment, the eerie quiet, the tears at the sight of 800 years of history vanishing in less than hour #NotreDame— James McAuley (@jameskmcauley) April 15, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted:
Notre-Dame is aflame. Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like all of my fellow citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn tonight. https://t.co/27CrJgJkJb— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 15, 2019
The fire is currently considered accidental. Ironically, it may be the result of repairs and renovations. Police are investigating.
Our hearts go out to the people of Paris and Catholics around the world who are mourning the loss.