Notre Dame Burns As the World Watches

Headline Roundup April 15th, 2019

Onlookers around the world watched as the the 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire Monday. Mournful and shocked crowds gathered in the streets to witness the tragedy befalling one of the world's most iconic churches. The cathedral's famed spire collapsed as the fire burned for hours, despite firefighter's efforts. Construction on the church began in 1163 and was finished in 1345, nearly 200 years later. Officials are hopeful that the church's iconic main towers can be saved. President Emmanuel Macron said, "I am sad tonight to see this part of all of us burn."

Notre Dame Burns As the World Watches

From the Right

For 800 years the people of France gave the world a great gift. For 800 years countless millions experienced its transcendent beauty. Then, in an afternoon, it was gone — gutted by fire. We watched it burn, and across the whole of Christendom men and women were surprised by the extent of their grief.

In the days and weeks that follows, people will share their stories about Notre Dame. Here’s mine. On March 9, 1996, I walked into the great cathedral on the morning of my wedding day. The gravity...

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'Everything is burning': History ablaze at Notre Dame

The famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris went up in flames Monday as shocked crowds gathered in the streets to watch one of the globe's most iconic churches burn. Smoke flowed from the 850-year-old structure before the cathedral's spire tumbled over, engulfed by flames. The fire burned basically unabated for hours despite hundreds of firefighters' efforts. It continued to glow when darkness fell. French President Emmanuel Macron summed up the emotions: "I am sad tonight to see this part of all...

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New York (CNN Business)In Paris, people gathered in plazas and street corners, eyes trained on the all-consuming fire. The rest of the world gathered via screens big and small. United in helplessness. Unsure of what to say. But compelled to watch.

Monday's outbreak of fire at the Notre Dame cathedral was first captured by the camera phones of tourists and local journalists.
One of the first social media posts came from a user named Ally, who tweeted a video of the smoke and wrote, in French, "Smoke escapes from...

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