Notre Dame

Notre Dame rector warns cathedral has "50% chance" of being saved

Work continues on Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
The back of the Notre Dame Cathedral on Dec. 24. Photo: Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

As Notre Dame Cathedral awaits restoration in 2021 after this year's devastating fire that destroyed much of the historic landmark's roof, the rector of the church said there's a “50% chance” the structure may not be saved, AP reports.

Why it matters: The scaffolding installed before the fire in April risks collapsing during clean-up.

Notre Dame won't hold Christmas Mass for first time since French Revolution

Notre Dame Cathedral during restoration
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Paris' famed Notre Dame will not hold Christmas Mass for the first time since the French Revolution — over two centuries — following a devastating fire in April, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The 855-year-old cathedral stayed open during both world wars and was only closed for Christmas in the period after 1789 when French revolutionaries turned the building into "a temple of reason," Notre Dame's rector told the AP. There will be a "Christmas-in-exile" at another Paris church, Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, with one of Notre Dame's most famous sculptures "The Virgin of Paris" present.

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