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Bishop Stephen’s response to Notre Dame Cathedral fire

16th Apr 2019

In response to the fire which has caused significant damage to Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, the Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, has made the following statement: 

The devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has shocked the world. Many of us in the UK will know and love this beautiful building. Every church building, but especially a cathedral, is a public space; a space where we are all welcome and where we can bring our deepest sorrows and our greatest joys. They are places that are woven into the consciousness of a nation. Standing in the heart of Paris Notre Dame represents the French nation in the same way that St Paul’s Cathedral in London represents ours. We therefore stand alongside the people of France in their sadness and look forward to the rebuilding of this great church."

Toll bells for Notre Dame

Following the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday as a mark of solidarity. This initiative has been  suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part.


On behalf of the Association of English Cathedrals.

A prayer following the fire at Notre Dame de Paris

Lord Jesus,
your broken body, laid aside, 
rose in glory.
Give resurrection hope to the people of Paris
and all who grieve the destructive fire
at Notre Dame.
From the ashes may beauty once more arise,
as from the grave our new life comes.

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Response to fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Archbishops ask cathedrals and churches to toll bells for Notre Dame