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Notre Dame Cathedral to Hold First Mass Since Fire Tragedy

Notre Dame Cathedral in the French capital, Paris, is set to hold its first mass this weekend since a fire ravaged it’s roof and walls two months ago.

The city’s diocese confirmed the plan on Tuesday, saying the mass will be held on a small scale late on Sunday.

It will take place in a “side chapel with a restricted number of people, for obvious security reasons,” it said.

Only 20 people are expected to take part in the mass, including priests and canons from the cathedral.

The event is expected to be broadcasted live by French television channels.

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June 16 was selected as the date for the mass to coincide with the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral’s altar.

Notre Dame Cathedral was razed by the fire on 15 April, destroying the 850-year-old building’s roof and caused its spire to collapse. The fire was put out around 15 hours.

Following that fire incident, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to reconstruct the historic building within five years, while a number of companies and business tycoons pledged about $677 between them for the reconstruction efforts.

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