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Allentown bishop reacts to fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Catholics around the world are among those who have been left shocked and saddened by the fire consuming the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Bishop Alfred A. Schlert released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"As Notre Dame Cathedral burns, it is difficult to comprehend this tragic loss to the cultural patrimony of the world. I pray for everyone in Paris, and around the globe, who will grieve this terrible event. May Our Lady watch over all those battling the blaze."

The Vatican also released a statement expressing shock and sadness for the "terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world."

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said he was praying "to ask the intercession of Notre Dame, our Lady, for the Cathedral at the heart of Paris, and of civilization, now in flames! God preserve this splendid house of prayer, and protect those battling the blaze."

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