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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

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]

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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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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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