Guam – The Archdiocese of Agana has issued a statement after the tragic Notre Dame cathedral fire.”The Church in Guam joins with the citizens of France and Catholics throughout the world to express Her sadness at the conflagration that engulfed its fabled tower with flames” Archbishop Michael Byrnes said.
“In the words of Father Gabriel Richard, a French priest in Detroit, who at the turn of the 18th century was significant in the response to the fire that leveled the city: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus” (We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes),” Byrnes said in the statement.
The Notre Dame Cathedral fire started just before 7:00 p.m., Monday night, Paris time. According to witness accounts, the fire started from the roof of the cathedral before spreading out. Within an hour, the cathedral’s roof eventually collapsed.
Because of the fire, authorities had to evacuate the Ile de la Cité area – the island in the River Seine where the cathedral sits.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his thoughts about the tragedy on Twitter, “Notre Dame de Paris in flames. An entire nation, affected. My thoughts to all Catholics and to all the French people. Like all our compatriots, I am sad tonight to see this part of us burn.”
Notre-Dame is aflame. Great emotion for the whole nation. Our thoughts go out to all Catholics and to the French people. Like all of my fellow citizens, I am sad to see this part of us burn tonight. https://t.co/27CrJgJkJb
Macron vowed to launch an international fundraising campaign to rebuild the cathedral. According to reports, the more than 800-year old cathedral has been undergoing restoration work before the fire broke out.