Notre Dame hosts first service since fire

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June 17, 2019 - 10:02 AM

This aerial picture taken Wednesday in Paris shows the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral under repair after it was badly damaged in fire on April 15. AFP/GETTY IMAGES/LIONEL BONAVENTURE/TNS

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15 fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Exactly two months after the blaze engulfed the landmark Gothic building in the French capital, the service was celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit in a chapel behind the choir, a place confirmed by construction experts as safe.

French Culture Minister Franck Riester said this week the cathedral remains in a “fragile” state, especially its vaulted ceiling, which is still at risk of collapsing.

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