(SOUTH BEND) – The president of the University of Notre Dame says the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral following a devastating fire.
A hole is seen in the dome inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Tuesday. Firefighters declared success in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral that claimed its spire and roof but spared its bell towers and the purported Crown of Christ. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)
The Rev. John Jenkins announced the donation Tuesday, a day after the fire destroyed the cathedral’s spire and roof.
Jenkins says the bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the university’s campus in South Bend, Indiana, will toll 50 times Tuesday evening to represent the 50 Hail Marys of the rosary and to mark the start of the cathedral’s rebuilding.
Jenkins says the cathedral’s “exquisite Gothic architecture has for centuries raised hearts and minds to God. We join in prayer with the faithful of the cathedral and all of France as they begin the work of rebuilding.”