Pope Francis Thanks Notre-Dame Firefighters, Offers Restoration Know-How
According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, Pope Francis thanked rescuers who managed to salvage the historic Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris from a devastating blaze and said that he was eager to see it restored.
Francis reportedly said, "The gratitude of the entire Church goes to those who did everything in their power to save the basilica, even risking their lives.
May the Virgin Mary bless and support the work of reconstruction.
May it be a harmonious work of praise and glory to God." Reuters reports that while Notre-Dame's spire was destroyed and its roof gutted, the cathedral's bell towers remain standing, as well as, many valuable art works after over 400 fireman managed to contain the blaze on Monday.
The Vatican reportedly also said that it would be willing to offer restoration know-how to assist in rebuilding the fire-damaged landmark.