As the rooftop flames flickered Monday in the Paris nighttime sky, the world watched together, waiting to see how bad the final toll on Notre Dame Cathedral would be, sharing hopes and sorrows on social media.
Here are a few notes from a global chorus of condolences:
Sad and heartbroken about the fire destroying the beautiful, historic Notre Dame Cathedral. My prayers go out to the people of France and the world as we weep for this devastating loss. #NotreDameFire https://t.co/cCZMdzKjqV
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
.@NotreDameParis has stood as a beating heart of religion & culture for centuries, inspiring all who have visited her. The footage of today’s fire is nothing short of heartbreaking. To the people of Paris & France: know that America stands with you.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 15, 2019
Statement from FDNY Commissioner Nigro:
Images of Notre Dame in flames are an awful sight to behold. The thoughts of the FDNY are with the members of @PompiersParis as they bravely battle this terrible fire in one of the world’s most beautiful and historic houses of worship. pic.twitter.com/ksRy8RI61u
— FDNY (@FDNY) April 15, 2019
Tonight we pray for the firefighters tackling the tragic #NotreDame fire – and for everyone in France and beyond who watches and weeps for this beautiful, sacred place where millions have met with Jesus Christ. Nous sommes avec vous.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) April 15, 2019
— R a y a (@rayamm7) April 15, 2019
— nonickname (@nonicknamefilm) April 15, 2019
Notre Dame is like one of those things you can’t imagine witnessing the disappearance of. And when it happens, it just devastates you.
— SnowEmbrace ❄️ (@SnowEmbrace) April 15, 2019
— Sarah Toledo. (@itssarahagain) April 15, 2019
— Ari 🇪🇺🇫🇷🇩🇪🇬🇧 (@Riripimpon) April 15, 2019
Sending all my love to France and its people tonight. Absolutely devastating news about Notre Dame. I hope, I pray that we can save it. To lose such a beautiful part of french history would be more than a tragedy <3 #notredame pic.twitter.com/sIdJTMYnjt
— Ash (@AshPowellPhoto) April 15, 2019
My heart not just goes out to people of Paris, I don’t see it like that, It goes out to entire humanity. #NotreDame is a part of human history. It’s our History and It hurts me a lot to see it get destroyed. pic.twitter.com/egAPBwMMKc
— Jithin Justin (@jithinjustin007) April 15, 2019
— Hélène (@Helene_Kupek) April 15, 2019
Tes cloches continueront de sonner
— nada (@_iamnada) April 15, 2019
— ᴍᴀᴅ (@madiexrey) April 15, 2019
— l’art imite la réalité (@artgate2) April 15, 2019
— FrankDavidPR💥 (@FrankDavidPR) April 15, 2019
This is what is inside.
— Historical Dilettante (@HxDilettante) April 15, 2019
“Noble in architecture and art, it has long been a symbol of the transcendent human spirit as well as our longing for God,” – @USCCB president on #NotreDameFire (CNS photo/Charles Platiau, Reuters) pic.twitter.com/NyFtxy5h5n
— Carol Zimmermann (@carolmaczim) April 15, 2019