Pope Francis praying, CTV

Pope Francis praying, Vatican Media

After Notre Dame Fire, Pope Expresses Closeness to People of France

In Tweet from Alessandro Gisotti, Pope Assures His Prayers for All Facing Dramatic Situation

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Alessandro Gisotti, Director of the Holy See Press Office, has expressed in the following tweet, the closeness of Pope Francis to the people of Francis:
“The Pope is close to France, he prays for French Catholics and for the Parisian population under the shock of the terrible fire which ravaged the cathedral of #NotreDame. He assures his prayers for all those who try to face this dramatic situation.”
[Original text: French. Translated by ZENIT’s Deborah Castellano Lubov] ***
UPDATE: While the devastating fire to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, has caused the roof and spiral to collapse, recent reports show the towers and the structure may have been saved. Also some of the treasures, including the Crown of Thorns, also is believed to have been saved. The fire has been contained. Stay tuned to ZENIT as it keeps bringing you the latest.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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