VOA’s Lisa Bryant in Paris contributed to this report.
The world reacted with shock, tears and prayers because it watched pictures of the enduring Notre Dame Cathedral burning in Paris on Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation simply earlier than midnight. “I let you know solemnly tonight: We’ll rebuild this cathedral,” he vowed.
He stated he would search worldwide assist, together with from the “best skills” on this planet for the duty.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated Spain was prepared to assist. He referred to as the hearth a “disaster for France, for Spain and for Europe.”
On the streets of Paris, a whole lot gathered, some wept, as they watched the flames engulf the cathedral’s spire.
Paris resident Lisa Sussman, initially from Atlanta, within the U.S. state of Georgia, stated, “It’s horrible. It truly is the middle of Paris. I used to be on the house with my mates. It actually hurts everybody’s coronary heart — they actually really feel that related to it. I really feel it, too. It was actually tragic to look at the spire fall.”
Close by, one other Parisian resident, George Castro, stated he was in shock.
“I’m a Christian, a Catholic. I feel it’s actually, actually unhappy to see this occurring proper now. Proper now, we don’t have many symbols, and it is a large image for the West. It’s very, very unhappy,” he stated.
Pope Francis issued a press release late Monday expressing the Vatican’s “shock and unhappiness” at “the information of the horrible hearth that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, an emblem of Christianity in France and on this planet.”
Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan prayed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan for intercession. “God protect this splendid home of prayer, and shield these battling the blaze,” Dolan stated in a press release.
The Russian Orthodox Church’s secretary for inter-Christian relations Hieromonk Stefan referred to as the hearth “a tragedy for all the Christian world and for all who admire the cultural significance of this temple,” the state information company RIA-Novosti reported:
U.S. President Donald Trump referred to as it a “horrible, horrible hearth” that devastated “one of many nice treasures of the world.” He additionally had recommendation for the French on how one can battle the hearth. “Maybe flying water tankers might be used to place it out. Should act shortly!,” Trump stated on Twitter.
France’s Civil Safety company stated that wasn’t doable. “Tons of of firemen of the Paris Hearth Brigade are doing the whole lot they’ll to carry the horrible #NotreDame hearth beneath management. All means are getting used, aside from water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, might result in the collapse of all the construction of the cathedral,” the company tweeted in English.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, in a tweet, referred to as Notre Dame “one of many world’s nice treasures, and we’re considering of the individuals of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn after we see historical past misplaced – nevertheless it’s additionally in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as robust as we will.” He additionally posted an previous picture of himself, his spouse Michelle and their two daughters lighting candles within the cathedral.
Celebrities additionally poured their grief and dismay in tweets. American actress Laura Dern stated she was moved to tears. “I’m weeping. Our reward of sunshine,” she wrote. “Notre Dame on hearth. My coronary heart is breaking. My grandmother’s and mom’s coronary heart house.”
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, “Standing right here subsequent to you, heartsick for Notre Dame. …”