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Notre Dame

It’s such a tragedy what happened today in Paris as the over 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral was destroyed by fire. The cathedral has served as a treasure Catholics, the French and tourists from around the world. Europe’s most visited site, with about 12-13 million tourists a year. It was also the centerpiece of the infamous Victor Hugo story and later Disney movie the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Notre Dame has survived two world wars and countless threats of destructions. It was the tallest structure in Paris until the Eiffel Tower was built, in 1887. Until today it’s most damaging threat had been acid rain which had taken its toll on the structure.

In fact, Notre Dame had been under renovation and restoration recently raising with an estimated cost over $120M USD. While the French government contributed, much of the funds needed we raised from donors, even targeting the US. It was reported on FoxNews today that Eric Schmidt (former CEO of Google) was a major donor to the restoration. Schmidt and the Pope have a connection.

Here are some interesting reports and questions that surround this event:

Countless churches throughout Western Europe are being vandalized, defecated on, and torched.

Middle East Forum

CATHOLIC CHURCHES ARE BEING DESECRATED ACROSS FRANCE—AND OFFICIALS DON’T KNOW WHY

Newsweek

Fires stared just moments after the church closed for tours

FoxNews

Some estimates claim the Fire brigade took a long time to start putting water on the blaze. Notre Dame is on a small island in the city with a river next to it.


JERUSALEM’S AL-AQSA MOSQUE FIRE BURNS AT THE SAME TIME AS FLAMES ENGULF NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS

USA Today

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Fire, Worker Claims it Was “Deliberately” Started

TIME columnist Christopher J. Hale tweeted, “A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in #NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set.”


Timing?
This week is Holy Week – Holy Week in Christianity is the week just before Easter. It is also the last week of Lent.
Today is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing


France jails ‘jihadist’ woman accused over foiled terror attack 

France24

Notre Dame fire: Alt-right conspiracy theorists are using the cathedral blaze to spread anti-Muslim rhetoric


The following was reported by Laura Loomer on Instagram:

The following was reported by Australian Jewish Association


JERUSALEM’S AL-AQSA MOSQUE FIRE BURNS AT THE SAME TIME AS FLAMES ENGULF NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS

Newsweek

Did “I Pet Goat II” predict this? – Naughty Beaver

Neil Cavuto shuts down guest when it’s suggested there’s a pattern.

Shep Smith Ends Interview With French Official Floating Notre Dame Conspiracy: ‘We’re Not Doing That Here … Not On My Watch’

USAToday