Local Catholics heartbroken over the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has impacted Catholics all over the world, including in western Massachusetts. 

“It was terrible and I wondered how it happened,” said Mary Curran, who was attending Mass at Our Lady of the Cross in Holyoke Tuesday morning. 

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned for nine hours Monday night. The fire caused the 850-year old church’s roof to collapse, destroyed the spire, and spread to one of its two rectangular towers. 

Curran said it’s especially terrible for this to happen during the Catholic Holy Week. 

“It’s heartbreaking to see it,” added Curran. “In Europe, the Holy Week is celebrated by everyone.”

Another parishioner at Our Lady of the Cross said she visited the historical Notre Dame Cathedral and has many great memories of it.

“We were so impressed by that beautiful building,” said Ellie Twoahig. “We took a ride on the River Seine, so we saw it from all different angles. It was just so beautiful. I don’t think they’ll ever be able to rebuild or replace her.”

But some want to try. Several French billionaires have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to help restore the centuries-old Cathedral. 

“It’s such a symbol of Christianity and the Catholic faith, and you think it’s always going to be there,” said Twoahig. 

French authorities are now looking into the exact cause of the devastating fire. 

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