On Wednesday, Pope Francis has thanked the fighter fighters, who have risked their own lives to save the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, on behalf of the entire Catholic Church.  

During the weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Square, he said that “the gratitude of the whole Church goes to all those who did everything they could, even risking their lives, to save the Basilica.”

Francis claims that he had been “very saddened” by the devastating flame, which gutted the great Paris landmark, destroyed the roof totally and caused the steeple to collapse and leaving the nation reeling in shock.

During the blaze, a firefighter has also suffered injuries, which at some point threatened to bring down one of the two monumental bell towers on the western face of the Cathedral. The place is visited by more than 13 million visitors every year.

The Holy Crown of Thorns claims to have been worn by Jesus at his crucifixion, saved by the firefighters, was a sacred tunic worn by 13th Century French King Louis IX.  

At the disaster site, the rescue team has formed a human chain to evacuate as many as artifacts, if possible.  

On Wednesday, the bells of all Cathedrals in France will sound at 6:50 pm, 48-hours after the flame broke out.

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