Archbishop Peter of Chicago (ROCOR) sent this message to his clergy and to the faithful regarding the tragic fire at Notre- Dame Cathedral

Message by Archbishop Peter of Chicago regarding the fire at Notre Dame
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The day after the tragic event at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America (ROCOR) sent the following message to his clergy, and posted it on the official website of the Archdiocese for all the faithful:

Archbishop Peter of ChicagoApril 3/16, 2019 St. Nicetas of Medikion

To the Faithful of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America:

On Monday, April 2/15, 2019, the Cathedral of the Mother of God, “Notre Dame” (Our Lady of Paris), was gravely damaged by a catastrophic fire. Many of you have visited Paris, and even those who have not, are well aware of the cathedral from western literature, film, and other cultural expressions. Likely by now all of you have witnessed the video of the destruction and have been effected in some way by it.

It is well known that France, along with much of the rest of Western Europe, has become more secular and less religious over the decades. Nonetheless, it behooves us to recall that Notre Dame was a cathedral built in honor of the Mother of God, and although the church was consecrated after the Great Schism, France was once a great Orthodox country, providing such universal saints to the Holy Church as St. Genevieve of Paris, St. Irenaeus of Lyon, and St. Vincent of Lerins. It is clear that this Christian heritage has not been fully lost. Many risked their lives to rescue priceless relics that belong to the historical universal Church from the Gothic basilica, including a portion of the crown of thorns placed on our Lord.

We would never wish such a tragedy on anyone, but this catastrophe has taken place. It cannot be undone. May it be for the salvation of all the French people, that in mourning their loss, the spark of faith may be rekindled in them, and that one day France will again be a shining light of Orthodoxy, providing new saints to the Holy Church on par with her great saints of the past.

My sincere condolences to all who are suffering at this great loss.

With Love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Peter, Archbishop of Chicago & Mid-America

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France, where she taught English. She moved to the United States in 2001, and she now teaches French. Beside her anthology on Cistercian texts, she has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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