LOOP: French president vows to rebuild Cathedral

FIRE AT CATHEDRAL  The spire and the roof of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have collapsed, but firefighters said that the structure of the landmark cathedral was saved from “the worst.” “We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved,” Jean-Claude Gallet, Paris’ fire chief, said April 16. “We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.”  READ
BILLIONAIRE PLEDGES SUPPORTFrench billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, has pledged over $110 million towards the rebuilding of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. French President Emmanuel Macron pledged: “We will rebuild Notre-Dame.” READ 
HERO   Fr. Fournier, Chaplain of the Paris Firefighters, went into the blaze with firefighters to save the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns.  READ
MUELLER REPORT  The Justice Department announced that they will release the 400-page Mueller Report on Thursday. Portions of the report that will be redacted include: grand jury material, foreign intelligence, and derogatory information about people who were not charged. READ 
TRUMP 2020 The president’s re-election campaign announced that it raised $30 million in the first three months of 2019 – more than all of his Democratic rivals. According to the Trump campaign, 98.79% of donations made were less than $200.  READ 
PELOSI AGAINST SOCIALISM?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claims that socialism is “not the view” of the Democratic Party. “I do reject socialism as an economic system,” Pelosi told 60 Minutes. “If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”  READ 
PAUL RYAN TO UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins the faculty of the University of Notre Dame and will lecture on subjects like American government, political polarization, Catholicism, and economics. READ 
CIRCUIT TO FLIP  Judge Christopher Droney said that he is retiring from active service, giving President Trump the opportunity to flip the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to a one-seat Republican majority. Judge Droney was appointed by President Obama to the Second Circuit, which covers New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.  READ 
ABOUT THE CATHEDRALDid you know that the Cathedral of Notre Dame is the most visited site in Europe? Here are five things to know about the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  READ
NOTRE DAME HISTORYRead about the rich 850-year history of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.  READ
NOTRE DAME“I worshipped the goddess of reason, until I met the God of Mercy in Notre Dame,” wrote Charles Lewis. “By the time the trip was over, I knew for certain that I needed to be baptized and start to live a Christian life.”  READ
SORROWFUL PRAYERA group of Catholics in Paris sing as flames engulf the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  READ
QUOTE OF THE DAY“Man doesn’t mourn mediocre monuments. May we be inspired to create more beauty like what we lost today. May we also remember what that beauty represented, and build our lives to reflect the same glory.” 
-Christopher Scalia, author. 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Bernadette was a poor, uneducated peasant girl who no one would believe had seen apparitions of the Blessed Mother. But Mary had appeared to her, and Lourdes has become a popular shrine of devotion to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and of healing. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “I will sing of your salvation.” (Ps 71:1)  READ 
PERSERVERE  The roof collapsed, but the cross and the “pieta” remained in place. Take a look at some other photos of the interior of Cathedral of Notre Dame.VIEW

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