The Archdiocese of Baltimore tweeted: “Archbishop Lori and the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore offer heart-felt prayers for the people of France as emergency personnel respond to a devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.”
It announced a Monday evening mass at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen to show support with the French.
Archbishop Lori and the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore offer heart-felt prayers for the people of France as emergency personnel respond to a devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (CNS photo/Julie Carriat, Reuters) pic.twitter.com/gpbHgxWje6
The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen is open to those who wish to offer their prayers for the people of France. This evening's 7:30 p.m. Chrism Mass at the cathedral will be celebrated in solidarity with the people of France. It will be livestreamed on the archdiocese's FB page.
The blaze collapsed the cathedral's spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers. A spokesman said the entire wooden frame of the cathedral would likely come down, and that the vault of the edifice could be threatened, too.
"Everything is burning. Nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot told French media. The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world's most famous tourist attractions.
By Lori Hinnant and Samuel Petrequin and Elaine Ganley
Apr 15, 2019 | 10:15 PM
The cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is "potentially linked" to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church's spire and its 250 tons of lead. Prosecutors opened an investigation as Paris police said there were no reported deaths.
Flames shot out of the roof behind the nave of the cathedral, among the most visited landmarks in the world. Hundreds of people lined up bridges around the island that houses the cathedral, watching in shock as acrid smoke rose in plumes.
French President Emmanuel Macron was treating the fire as a national emergency, rushing to the scene and straight into meetings at the Paris police headquarters nearby.