- For the first time in 200 years, Christmas mass will not be held at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
- This is so because the building is undergoing reconstruction following the fire that gutted it in April
- According to an official report, the mass will happen at a nearby church of Saint-Germaiin I’Auxerrois
This year’s Christmas will be a very big mark in history as the Notre-Dame Cathedral will not be holding a mass for it for the first time in 200 years.
BBC reports that the reason for so is connected with the fire that razed the cathedral sometime in April. Though there will be midnight mass for Christmas eve, it will be taking place at Saint-Germaiin I’Auxerrois.
During the fire incident, the 850-year-old building, which is also a Unesco World Heritage site, had its roof destroyed in the inferno.
It should be noted that to get the building back to its former glory, President Emmanuel Macron, has created a five-year timeline for its reconstruction.
In October, the country’s culture ministry has said that nearly €1bn (N401,771,437,500) has been raised for the work. Christmas has always been a site for Christmas celebration.
The only time it closed in the past was during the French revolution when anti-Catholics used the place temporarily as a temple of reason.
Cathedral rector Patrick Chauvet told newsmen that this year’s mass would feature a wooden liturgical platform that was built to look like the one in the cathedral.
"We have the opportunity to celebrate the Mass outside the walls, so to speak... but with some indicators that Notre-Dame is connected to us," he said.
Another thing worthy of note is that the building has been going through a facelift when the fire happened this year.
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Investigation into the incident has not shown that there is any criminal intent behind the fire, but there is a possibility of negligence.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Israeli religious archaeologists said they have found where the stone that held the Ark of Covenant sat more than 3,000 years ago.
The researchers who are from Tel Aviv University claimed they discovered the 3,100-year-old temple near the present town of Beit Shemesh.
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