Fire has swept through the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the iconic Paris church and an overarching symbol for the Catholic Church.
The bell towers reportedly are safe. The spire has collapsed. Reports seem conflicted. Is the cathedral a total loss?
I know what we all are thinking now as French firefighters battle this blaze: Is this the act of a terrorist? No such organization has claimed responsibility as I write this brief post. I pray none will surface. If it’s a bogus claim from some faker, I trust French intelligence officials will know.
I’ve not been to Paris. I have not seen this iconic structure. Those I know who have seen have come away enriched beyond measure just being in the presence of this holy site.
Thus, the world should mourn what is unfolding in Paris at this moment.
My heart is broken.