FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2019
Statement by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on the Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement regarding the fire that engulfed the Notre-Dame Cathedral:
“As Catholics throughout the world are observing the Holiest week of the year, our hearts are heavy as we watched the catastrophic fire that engulfed the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Notre-Dame has been an iconic house of worship for over 850 years and a prayer destination for faithful Catholics of Paris and from around the world.
I first saw the beautiful cathedral when I was 14 years old on a Boy Scout pilgrimage to Europe. I was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived across the street from its Sacred Heart Cathedral. I personally feel sorrow that a cathedral, a great place of prayer and pilgrimage, was so severely damaged.
We give thanks to God for the firefighters who so bravely battled the devastating fire. And we look toward the future as this great Cathedral of Notre-Dame is rebuilt.”