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Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Statement on Notre Dame Cathedral Fire


ST. LOUIS – The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, is deeply saddened by today’s devastating fire that has engulfed the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Archbishop Carlson and the Archdiocese of St. Louis share in the world’s prayers for Archbishop Michel Christian Alain Aupetit and the faithful of Paris.

“The Archdiocese of St. Louis joins the world community in offering prayers for the people of France. The influence of the French faithful on the St. Louis community is well known. Our own Basilica of St. Louis, King of France is representative of that historical link we have with the French community. Our hearts are with the firefighters and with the caretakers of the magnificent Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. We ask for the intercession of Mary, Mother of God and look to the promise of Easter hope and new life in the midst of this difficult loss."
 - Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson Archbishop of St. Louis

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is currently working to repair the damage done to the Old Cathedral by this weekend’s storms. Work on a permanent underlayment for a new roof began today. The plaster ceiling which represents the recent reconstruction that was done on the Old Cathedral is being inspected for further damage. All services at the Cathedral are cancelled until the safety of the ceiling is secured. The Archdiocese is working with the National Park Service to ensure a replacement roof that respects the historical architecture of the Cathedral.

If you have any questions please direct them to Peter Frangie, Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Planning peterfrangie@archstl.org.