Сhurchgoers flock to Notre Dame in hard hats to attend 1st mass since fire (PHOTOS)

A small congregation, wearing hard hats for safety reasons, attended a mass in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, two months after the building was gutted in a devastating fire. A small crowd of 30 attended, half of them clergy. They filed into a small side-chapel for the mass, which was broadcast live on Catholic TV network KTOTV.Saturday’s mass celebrated the consecration of the cathedral’s altar, a date honored every year. Patrick Chauvet, rector of Notre Dame, told AFP that the mass is “highly significant, spiritually,” and called it a chance to show that “Notre-Dame is truly alive.” For the moment, Notre Dame remains clad in scaffolding, after its gothic spire and significant portions of its roof were destroyed in the April 15 blaze. The tragedy prompted an outpou ...Read more

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