Notre-Dame to cel­e­brate first mass since fire

The Hindu Business Line - - VARIETY -

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.

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