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Finding meaning of faith in cathedral blaze

MONTREAL (CNS): The fire that ravaged a large part of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, offered an opportunity reflection on the impact the event can have on faith.
 
Popular French Catholic singer, Gregory Turpin, who joined thousands of Parisians at the scene of the tragedy, said “there is something violent and shocking” about the fire.
 

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Fire at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral

PARIS (Agencies): A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the centre of the French capital on April 15.
The daily newspaper, Le Monde, reported that the fire erupted in the attic of the cathedral and televised images showed the church’s iconic steeple ablaze.
 
BBC News reported that the blaze erupted at around 6.30pm, Paris time, but that the cause was uncertain, but might be linked to renovation work that the cathedral was undergoing. 

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Paris may cool the air but freeze ambition

HONG KONG (SE): Reflecting on the agreement made by world leaders at the Conference of Parties on Climate Change on December 12 at his midday talk on December 13, Pope Francis drew a connection between the Ministerial Conference on World Trade that was scheduled to be held in Nairobi on December 15, as well as with the opening of the Holy Door to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy in cathedrals around the world.

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Prayer climate in Notre Dame

PARIS (SE): The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, played host to an Ecumenical 

Celebration of Creation on December 3, as the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change was completing its fourth day of negotiations.

The packed cathedral welcomed representatives of the Global Catholic Climate Coalition, Caritas Network, Franciscan Action Network and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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Paris is a call for transformation

VATICAN (Agencies): Pope Francis called for a global and transformational agreement from the United Nations (UN) Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP21) in an address at the UN offices in Nairobi during his visit to Kenya on November 26.

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Ignorance may not hold hostages

PARIS (SE): A group of Muslim imams and Jewish religious leaders gathered near the site of the attack on Bataclan on November 16 to sing the French national anthem and honour the victims of the violence.

The vice president of the Council of Imams of France, Hocine Drouiche, said, “These attacks cannot be made in the name of Islam, which means life and hope, not death and hate. It is not only France that is attacked today, but it is all of humanity that is hurt.”

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A piecemeal war erupts in Paris

HONG KONG (SE): “This is one piece,” Pope Francis told TV2000 on November 14, the day after horrific terrorist attacks were perpetrated against the people of France in Paris.

He said that he has spoken often about a third world war that will be fought piecemeal and he believes that this is but one more piece in the brutal puzzle.

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