NY archbishop starts relief fund after Notre Dame fire

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after much of it was burned on MOnday

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after much of it was burned on MOnday

"Although the text mentions the destruction of Paris by a great fire, we cannot affirm it must be literal... and more than one prophet predicts the destruction of the French capital by flames.What happened at Notre Dame could be more than an isolated disaster, it could indicate more awful events to come", she wrote.

The French judicial police official, who spoke anonymously about the investigation, seemed to confirm the prevailing theory that the inferno that toppled the Gothic masterpiece's spire and reduced its centuries-old roof to cinders was not intentionally caused.

While the cause of the fire has now been identified, the official added the "green light" is yet to be given for work to begin on the Cathedral for safety reasons.

Almost $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and businessmen around the world to restore the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, after the French president set a controversial five-year deadline to get the work done, according to The Associated Press.

The archbishop of NY on Thursday said he has set up a fund to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral, meant to give New Yorkers a way to help.

Opposition politicians have condemned President Macron for suggesting that a soupçon of modern design be included when Notre Dame is rebuilt, and for imposing an "unrealistic" five-year deadline for the restoration of the 12th-century cathedral.

A day after the inferno, French President Emmanuel Macron set an ambitious goal of rebuilding the famed cathedral "even more beautifully" in five years. Firefighters walked on what remains of the roof to inspect damage.

Remarkably, no one was killed in the blaze, which occurred during a Mass, after firefighters and church officials speedily evacuated everyone inside. Businesses were shuttered and the usual tourist throngs were nowhere to be seen. More than 400 firefighters worked throughout the night on Monday to bring the blaze under control. Top government ministers will also take part in the event at the presidential palace in Paris.

Paris City Hall also held a ceremony in the firefighters' honor Thursday afternoon, with a Bach violin concert, two giant banners strung from the monumental city headquarters and readings from Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

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