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Following news of the fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, Cardinal Vincent said: 'The shock at this fire is spreading round the world. It is an iconic building visited by millions but more importantly is a symbol of faith which is at the heart of Europe. We pray the fire is extinguished quickly & with a shared effort the building made good.

'Who is not deeply moved at the sight of this great Cathedral in flames? For the people of Paris this is a disaster that touches their very soul. Pray for them. Pray for the firefighters. Pray for our desire and determination to rebuild this great Cathedral in the same faith that inspired it over 1000 years ago.'

Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew OP