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.
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