‘May God be with them’: Cleveland Bishop prays for Paris as Notre Dame smolders

‘May God be with them’: Cleveland Bishop prays for Paris as Notre Dame smolders
A fire fighter uses a hose as Notre Dame cathedral is burning in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris' soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) (Source: Francois Mori)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The world watched in horror as flames ripped through France’s Notre Dame cathedral on Monday.

Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez offered the following statement as the centuries-old church continues to smolder:

“Catholics around the world are heartbroken over the destruction by fire of the famed Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. The 12th century cathedral, one of the world’s leading landmarks and tourist destinations, has stood for centuries as a testament to time, history and faith. Pilgrims from around the world, including many from Northeast Ohio, have visited the iconic cathedral, a marvel known for its distinct architecture, magnificent stained-glass windows and superb acoustics. We pray for the people of France over the loss of this great cathedral, a deeply spiritual place that has served as a place of prayer, inspiration and a fixture of the Catholic faith for centuries. May God be with them and comfort their grief as they work to recover from this great loss.”

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to rebuild the historic church.

Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez offers words of support for Paris on Monday. (Source: WOIO)
Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez offers words of support for Paris on Monday. (Source: WOIO)

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