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Northeast Ohio Catholic community devastated by Notre Dame fire

Posted: 4:24 PM, Apr 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-15 16:52:32-04
Photos: Fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

CLEVELAND — The entire world has been rocked with the news that the Cathedral of Notre Dame was on fire.

The Catholic community in Northeast Ohio was devastated when they found out.

The Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, gave this statement on the fire:

"Catholics around the world are heartbroken over the destruction by fire of the famed Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. The 12th century cathedral, one of the world’s leading landmarks and tourist destinations, has stood for centuries as a testament to time, history and faith. Pilgrims from around the world, including many from Northeast Ohio, have visited the iconic cathedral, a marvel known for its distinct architecture, magnificent stained-glass windows and superb acoustics.

"We pray for the people of France over the loss of this great cathedral, a deeply spiritual place that has served as a place of prayer, inspiration and a fixture of the Catholic faith for centuries. May God be with them and comfort their grief as they work to recover from this great loss."

It is unknown how much damage the fire caused to the 856 year old building.

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