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[quote user="suein56"]a huge gasp went up from the crowd as the Spire fell[/quote]The gasp from the crowd was peculiarly terrible.

First St Sulpice, then St Denis, and now Notre Dame.  What a coincidence.  (And how strangely monocultural.)

And last month ten churches attacked in one week.

But at least our president is taking firm and decisive action  -  he has announced that he is cancelling a speech.

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It would seem over the past few years, once repairs start, that in old buildings, or even The Cutty Sark, we end up with a fire.


I have no religion, but I do appreciate great architecture, and I was so sad to see this tonight, for it was indeed one of the world's great wonders.[:(]

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I am dumbfounded and very sad.  I love old churches and this one was dear to my heart. When I first visited as a teenager, it was the oldest and biggest and most beautiful building that I had ever seen.  It probably will now always remain that for me.

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I am NOT into religion in any way, BUT surely any Catholic with a faith must see the fire as a divine expression of serious disapproval by their deity of the behaviour of the Church in relation to the behaviour of a significant number of priests and the hiererchy?
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 Well, no, if God exists, s/he would not be a vengeful, terrifying being forever putting the ..er..fear of god into all and sundry.  God should be gentle, compassionate, understanding, friendly and above all have a great sense of humour[:)]

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La prière

(Poème de Francis Jammes)

Par le petit garçon qui meurt près de sa mère

Tandis que des enfants s'amusent au parterre ;

Et par l'oiseau blessé qui ne sait pas comment

Son aile tout à coup s'ensanglante et descend

Par la soif et la faim et le délire ardent

Je vous salue, Marie.

Par les gosses battus par l'ivrogne qui rentre,

Par l'âne qui reçoit des coups de pied au ventre

Et par l'humiliation de l'innocent châtié,

Par la vierge vendue qu'on a déshabillée,

Par le fils dont la mère a été insultée

Je vous salue, Marie.

Par la vieille qui, trébuchant sous trop de poids,

S'écrie : "Mon Dieu ! " Par le malheureux dont les bras

Ne purent s'appuyer sur une amour humaine

Comme la Croix du Fils sur Simon de Cyrène

Par le cheval tombé sous le chariot qu'il traîne

Je vous salue, Marie.

Par les quatre horizons qui crucifient le Monde,

Par tous ceux dont la chair se déchire ou succombe,

Par ceux qui sont sans pieds, par ceux qui sont sans mains,

Par le malade que l'on opère et qui geint

Et par le juste mis au rang des assassins

Je vous salue, Marie.

Par la mère apprenant que son fils est guéri,

Par l'oiseau rappelant l'oiseau tombé du nid,

Par l'herbe qui a soif et recueille l'ondée,

Par le baiser perdu par l'amour redonné,

Et par le mendiant retrouvant sa monnaie :

Je vous salue, Marie.


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Well, Betty, I laughed because you laughed but, even so, I do believe God gets a lot of very bad press....

As for re-building Notre Dame, I don't think there is any point to rebuilding it as it was.  It's good if the towers can be saved but the new-build would be better as a modern building (and yes modern buildings can be beautiful), maybe modular, with hi tech materials that are safe , warm, functional, etc.

Could be an exciting project if they don't insist on re-creating a replica.  It could never "feel" the same anyway. 

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