Publicado: Mar, Junio 18, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Worshippers in hard hats to attend Notre-Dame's first mass since fire

Worshippers in hard hats to attend Notre-Dame's first mass since fire

But French culture minister Franck Riester on Friday said less than 10 percent of the £760million pledged for its restoration had been received so far.

Patrick Chauvet, rector of Notre Dame, told AFP that the mass is "highly significant, spiritually", and called it a chance to show that "Notre-Dame is truly alive".

For security reasons, only about 30 people - mainly priests, canons and church employees - were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker's helmets.

The Mass was held in a side chapel of Notre Dame.

The mass was also transmitted live on a French Catholic TV station, and dozens of other Catholics attended the service from outside the cathedral, watching on their phones.

Church leaders are keen to show life goes on at the cathedral as donations to help rebuild it trickle in.

Almost $1 billion was pledged for Notre Dame's reconstruction by wealthy individuals, business leaders and other donors, but the French government said that so far under 10 percent of the pledged funds have been received.

The annual Dedication Mass commemorated the cathedral's consecration as a place of worship.

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The small group convened in a chapel behind the large gold-covered cross that was miraculously found intact after the fire, which destroyed the building's roof, causing its iconic spire to collapse.

Among the high-profile people who promised to donate to the rebuilding effort were luxury goods tycoons Bernard Arnault and François-Henri Pinault.

"There could be people who promised to donate then in the end did not", Riester said, without giving further details.

He noted, however, that the Mass was a "lovely symbol of hope", and represented a step towards the ultimate goal of reopening the cathedral "to the faithful, and tomorrow to tourists".

President Emmanuel Macron has set an ambitious target of five years for restoring Notre-Dame, which was gutted by a fire on April 15 that felled its steeple and consumed the lattice of beams supporting the roof. "That is normal, the donations will be made progressively as the restoration work continues". But obviously what matters in the end is the quality of the work, ' he said.

The damaged cathedral. fix work is underway, but it expected to take years.

If the authorities approve the plan, the idea is to celebrate the evening prayers on the parvis, the diocese said.

It has not been decided if the cathedral's spire will be rebuilt as before, or if modern flourishes will be added, the New York Times reports.

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