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Millions mourned with the city of Paris in the wake of a fire that damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday, including President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, religious leaders, Christians, and non-Christians. Read some of their reactions here.

Monica Burke, a research assistant at Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society and a life-long Catholic, discussed what the cathedral’s burning means for France, Christians, and the Western world. Hear her discussion on the Daily Signal Podcast or read her article.

What was your reaction to the Notre Dame Cathedral fire?

Comments (26)

Bill Coates - April 19, 2019

Christianity is dying in Europe. They are not far ahead of us. We need a new understanding of the Old Testament and a new respect for the New Testament. It may take a socioeconomic collapse to make the point that principles count.

Elaine Liming - April 19, 2019

I am a believer; Our lord said to his disciples I will leave you but I am sending the paraclete to help you till the end of time. If we carefully look at the history of Christianity we have had to endure many crosses but people have surfaced who lead us in a new direction and always back to our moral compass.
I believe that Notre Dame, Our Lady, has once again, as our mediator, given us a sign, we must repent from our sinful secular ways, and come home to God.. The Cross that the flames did not touch tells us God is in charge. Now is the time for prayer, repentance and sacrifice.,

Robert - April 19, 2019

With over 800 incidents in France since 2017 I naturally assumed that the Muzzies had struck again.

Mary Alice Murphy - April 19, 2019

Shock, how could this have happened? Then the realization it was happening. My mind wondered if it was really an accident. And I said: It’s a reflection of how Catholicism and Christianity have fallen from the days of faith when marvelous cathedrals such as Notre Dame de Paris were constructed to honor our God. We must pray.

Kathleen Parr - April 19, 2019

The Crucian [Cross] Stands , My Heart and Soul goes out to the people of France, but then again Christianity is going down in in the World I believe this morning a Church in Africa Collapsed…When an unforeseen Tragedy happens like this …I listen to Billy Graham…sermon “Who Is Jesus” Jesus Christ was Crucified and Resurrected if that didn’t happen we wouldn’t have the Gospel…as simple as that…Notre Dame was so Unique…so much History …Artifacts …a Treasure…it was Beautiful…the Church Stands! Amen! I Love Jesus and I Believe!

tina gorman - April 19, 2019

I think France is not investigating thoroughly.
Seriously, I think they are covering up.

jerry metcalf - April 19, 2019

So so sad.

JoAnne Duke - April 19, 2019

Maybe,seeing the cross still standing in the ruins, is a sign fromGod that we need to turn back to Jesus.We need to do just that!

Augusta - April 19, 2019

I felt deep emotion enter. my chest just as it did the first time I drove above the Oso Slide where 43 lives were lost, that included my six month old niece… I believe the Spirit of God is moving in our midst! Jesus return is not far off… the falling away from believing in God is a clue and this is the generation also of understanding.
With television and internet: every eye shall see, every ear small hear, and every tongue will confess!
Notre Dame to me is a heads-up reminder…

Juan Vega - April 19, 2019

I believe it was no accident. During the period of construction in 1060 to 1200 the Crusades were on led by French kings and nobles. Some of the relics date from the time. Islamist are nibbling at the culture and heritage of Western Civilization by promoting a medieval cult.

Marshall Buss - April 19, 2019

I think the picture says it all: churches may burn, but the cross still stands. Notre Dame will be rebuilt, but we must be careful not to fall into worship of material things vice worshipping the Lord.

Constance Carew - April 19, 2019

I was heartbroken when it happened. A history of the Catholic Church that was 853 years old. Thank God the Crucifix was saved. The history will never be replaced.

Anne Marie Seward - April 19, 2019

I was there back in 1970. The thought that this wonderful cathedral could ever be gone never crossed my mind. It was immortal in my mind. I am so sad.

Charles Jastre - April 19, 2019

I thank God that while I was on active duty in the U.S. Army, I got to take a train from Frankfurt to Paris, and see Notre Dame and more.
I thank God that the damage was not more extensive.
I thank God that injuries were minimal.
I thank God that so much of the world understands and appreciates the importance and significance of this great monument.

Wade Wadsworth - April 20, 2019

A beautiful house of worship. A museum of Christian history. Much is lost but much survives. As we mourn the loss let not our hearts move imperceptibly to idolize the magnificent building. Christ died for every human being. Christ lives and is coming again. Let us worship Him and pray for one another.

Sarah Milligan - April 20, 2019

I do not believe it was an accident and I
think they are not saying what it was, in
order not to upset the Muslin population.

Jon Davis - April 20, 2019

I wonder what really happened………

Roberta Smith - April 20, 2019

I think it needs a thorough investigation which has not been done. There wasn’t even a thorough enough investigation for any type fire let alone a iconic building such as Notre Dame. Shame on France.

Thurman J. LeNormand - April 20, 2019

Christianity has been under attack for some time now. I do not believe this was an accident! So many have rejected our Good Lord and gone their wicked ways. God will prevail. Let us pray!

Paul Laude - April 20, 2019

Is it God’s chastening, Satan’s evil, or a random accident? Who knows? All that is clear is that things like this are inevitable, as is the increasing of birth pangs of societal pain and the rise of the anti-Christ, as it is written out for us. Lord, please come deliver us asap.

Roger - April 20, 2019

It is horrible, especially after having survived two world wars, that this wonderful building would be taken down by fire. I pray for people affected by this tragedy, and anyone who (if this was a deliberate act) might be involved in setting it.

Arlene Shako - April 20, 2019

I am deeply saddened and alarmed.I believe that there may be foul play here.As
a Catholic high school student who studied French years ago I remember
learning about Notre Dame.
Then to hear that a school teacher was arrested in St Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC carrying a can of gasoline and lighters-
with a one way ticket to Rome :makes me wonder if these are connected .He was also arrested in a Cathedral in NJ .
We are in Tribulations and need to pray harder. The faith of the French people and visitors was palpable and beautiful.
Have a Blessed Easter and may the world help to rebuild Notre Dame. Arlene

Robert J Petersen - April 20, 2019

It is possible this was an Islamic terror attack. Investigators were not immediately allowed in the area.

Norman Ropckmaker - April 20, 2019

It was a sad day for the world, i have had the fortune to have visited this beautiful historic Church. I am not a Catholic nor a Christian but I feel a great lose for those that are.You are in my prayers and God bless you.

Paul Wolf - April 21, 2019

The obvious reaction, based on very recent and frequent precedent. I’m betting we’ll never know.

Chris Milord - April 21, 2019

I was saddened by the destructive fire last week at Notre Dame Cathedral. I first saw the coverage at a veteran’s meeting and learned more about it later. Although I am not a practicing Catholic, I grew up as a Catholic and feel for all those who worshipped there as well as the millions who visit the cathedral. It is a masterpiece of architecture and art not just for France, but for the world to appreciate. Thankfully, over a billion dollars is pledged to rebuild this amazing church over the next few years. Out of mourning comes the silver lining of hope and restoration. May the Lord bless Paris and France and all those dedicated to the reconstruction.

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