Catholic Church

Notre Dame holds first mass since fire, with priests in hard-hats

The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (C) greets other clergy following the first mass in a side chapel, after a fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on June 15, 2019, in Paris.
Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit (C) and other clergy members in Notre Dame. Photo: Karine Perret/AFP/Getty Images

The first mass was held at Notre Dame since a ferocious fire destroyed the roof, spire and part of the Paris cathedral's vault — with all present wearing hard-hats, Euronews reports.

Details: Exactly 2 months on from the fire, Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit, led the mass Saturday, attended by only 30 people after the Catholic Diocese of Paris said it had to limit numbers because of "security reasons," per Euronews.

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