Beauty and hope of undamaged cross impress first reporter entering fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Beauty and hope of undamaged cross impress first reporter entering fire-ravaged Notre Dame

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Robert Hardman describes the ‘extraordinary’ moment when he saw the cathedral’s crucifix was still standing

[CBC News] Emmanuel Macron told French citizens on Tuesday: “I feel your pain, but I also share your hope.”

VIDEO: [Politico] Christians gather outside smoldering Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to sign hymns. [Apr 16, 2019]


The French president has vowed to do whatever it takes to rebuild the Notre-Dame Cathedral after Monday’s devastating fire.

There were fears that the cathedral’s priceless stained glass, sculptures and relics would be lost forever. But as the smoke clears, there is cause for optimism.

Robert Hardman is a Daily Mailreporter in Paris and was the first journalist to see the interior of the Notre-Dame after the fire had gone out.

As It Happens host Carol Off spoke to Hardman about the scene inside. Here is part of their conversation.

Robert, when we were covering this story [Monday] night the mood in Paris was bleak. Is that still the case?

No. The mood has palpably changed. Last night, as you say, there was a feeling of utter dejection.

People were very distressed. They were seriously contemplating the loss of the entire cathedral. In the early hours of this morning, it was clear that the towers were still standing. That the outer structure was still in one piece.

And now, today, the sense is more one of great sadness that a much loved national treasure is scarred and very badly damaged. But also, there is a sense of almost salvation.

Very early this morning, you were able to get inside the cathedral. What did you see when you got there?

This article continues at [CBC News] First reporter inside Notre-Dame finds hope in ‘striking image’ of cathedral’s cross

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