Three years after a fire, Catholics mark a Good Friday outside Notre-Dame

Three years after a fire, Catholics mark a Good Friday outside Notre-Dame ...

On Good Friday, Hundreds of Catholic worshippers gathered for prayer and song outside Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, three years to the day after its roof was ruined in a massive blaze.

Since the fire in 2019 saved Notre-Dame's roof and sent itsspire to the utmost risk of the country and tourist onlookers.

On Friday, a few hundred people gathered on the Ile de la Cite, in the midst of the river Seine, to hear a sermon under the shadow of a crane and scaffolding that has destroyed the 12th-century church.

"We believe that You are here with us by our side, to offer us a voice of peace," said the cathedral's rector, who is standing outside the famous landmark.

After Michel Aupetit's retirement, Chauvet took charge of the service along with Archbishop Georges Pontier, who is temporarily headed the Paris archdiocese.

President Emmanuel Macron has promised to reopen the church to worshippers by 2024, when Paris will the Olympic Games.

Macron is planning a brief break in his presidential campaign later on Friday to visit the restoration site, while another service will take place on Easter Sunday.

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