As news broke Monday afternoon of the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Local 5 reached out to area religious leaders about the tragedy.
“For the people of France, this is a very sad day,” said Father John Girotti of the Green Bay Diocese.
Girotti has visited the Cathedral twice.
“The ancientness of this place of prayer, it’s a palpable experience,” he said of his experiences.
The fire comes during the holiest week in the Catholic Church.
“We will celebrate Good Friday this Friday when we will remember the crucifixion,” Girotti said, “but three days later we will celebrate Easter, which is the resurrection, and so I think symbolically in all of this, the faith of the people in France will rise again and I am certain that this beautiful cathedral will be rebuilt.”
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Monday night, stating that the country will begin an effort to rebuild the structure shortly.