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Notre Dame de Paris purified immediately after desecration yesterday

Following a suicide by the main altar of the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of Our Lady of Paris (Notre Dame de Paris) yesterday afternoon, a mass of reparation was immediately celebrated for the purification of the sacred space before the building was reopened for visitors. There was no need for legalistic discussion, what had to be done was done.

COMMUNIQUÉ [original in French]

May 21, 2013

On Tuesday, May 21, at around 1600 [4PM], a man committed suicide with a firearm inside the Cathedral.

The Cathedral staff tried to reanimate the person before the speedy intervention of the rescue team.

The Cathedral, visited by a great number at that time of day, was evacuated to assist the action of firemen and police officers.

As is the use in such cases, a Mass of Reparation was celebrated by Bp. Jérôme Beau, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris, in the presence of Monsignor Patrick Jacquin, Rector-Archpriest, of priests of the Cathedral and of some faithful, including members of the staff.