Notre Dame to celebrate first Mass since April fire
In this May 15, 2019 file photo, a worker stands on scaffolding during preliminary work inside the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, in Paris. (Philippe Lopez/Pool via AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, June 15, 2019 7:33AM EDT
PARIS - The Notre Dame cathedral is holding its first Mass since the April fire that ravaged the edifice's roof and caused its masterpiece spire to collapse.
Saturday's mass at the Gothic building will be celebrated by Paris archbishop Michel Aupetit amid reduced attendance. For security reasons, only about 30 people -- mainly priests, canons and church employees -- will be admitted inside the cathedral. Aupetit will be wearing a construction worker's helmet in addition to his miter.
Worshippers won't be authorized in the cathedral but can watch the Mass on a Catholic TV station that is broadcasting the service. Aupetit has also invited some of the workers hired to rebuild the church.
French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding the cathedral in just five years, which some experts consider impossible to reach.