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Palm Beach County parishioners say prayers for fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral

Posted: 5:20 PM, Apr 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-16 17:23:02-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.-- The Diocese of Palm Beach and the local Roman Catholic community are supporting Paris and the Notre Dame Cathedral through prayer.

In a Facebook post, the chancellor of the Diocese of Palm Beach called the fire a tragedy and a terrible loss to the people of France and the world.

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At the early morning mass at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, a parishioner says the priest asked the congregation to pray for Paris.

"Pretty sad. It's an iconic landmark in all of Christendom no matter what particular sect you belong to; it's part of the Christian faith, specifically Catholic. It's a sad day," said church member Mike Macy.

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says Catholics are people of hope and resurrection, especially during Holy Week with Easter coming up on Sunday.