Notre-Dame to celebrate first mass since fire
The Notre-Dame cathedral will host its first mass on June 16 since a fire ravaged the Paris landmark almost two months ago, the city’s diocese said on Tuesday.
The mass — led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit — will be celebrated on a very small scale late Saturday, the diocese said. It will take place in a “side chapel with a restricted number of people, for obvious security reasons,” it said. Only 20 people are expected to take part.
“The event will be broadcast live by a French television channel so that Christians from all over France can participate,” the diocese added. The diocese is awaiting a response from French authorities over whether it can re-open the parvis — the open space in front of the cathedral — to the public.