Tons of fused scaffolding still a threat to Notre Dame's roof

World Oct 14, 2019

Tons of fused scaffolding still a threat to Notre Dame's roof

Notre Dame Cathedral is still at risk from the 551 tons of scaffolding that fused above it during the searing blaze that destroyed the Paris monument's roof and towering spire six months ago. The tangled metal poses the biggest challenge to efforts to ensure that ...

Cigarette or electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre Dame fire

World Jun 27, 2019

Cigarette or electrical fault 'may have caused' Notre Dame fire

A cigarette or an electrical fault could have started the devastating fire that ripped through Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in April, French prosecutors said Wednesday, ruling out any criminal intent. The statement by prosecutors, which also said an investigation was being opened into possible negligence, ...

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

World May 11, 2019

France passes law on speedy Notre Dame restoration

French lawmakers on Friday approved a controversial law for restoring Notre Dame within five years, after the famous Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month. Renovating the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, whose wooden roof was largely destroyed in the April 15 blaze, will be an ...

An ancestor of Paris' Notre Dame still stands in war-torn Syria

World Apr 20, 2019

An ancestor of Paris' Notre Dame still stands in war-torn Syria

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: A fifth-century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Standing in the village of Qalb Lozeh (Heart of the Almond), the cathedral is widely hailed ...

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre Dame

World Apr 19, 2019

France salutes 'exemplary' firefighters for saving Notre Dame

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as "exemplary" hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore up the still fragile cathedral. Some 600 firefighters worked throughout the night Monday to put out the fire at the ...

Notre Dame to get temporary wooden cathedral during rebuilding

World Apr 18, 2019

Notre Dame to get temporary wooden cathedral during rebuilding

Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre Dame's chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France's CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick ...

Donors pledge €700 million to rebuild gutted Notre Dame

World Apr 17, 2019

Donors pledge €700 million to rebuild gutted Notre Dame

Pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral reached some €700 million ($790 million) on Tuesday amid an outpouring of public support for one of Europe's most iconic monuments. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the medieval monument will ...