University of Notre Dame donating $100K to renovation of Paris cathedral

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) The University of Notre Dame will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and the bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will toll 50 times Tuesday evening to mark the start of the rebuilding process.

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"We are deeply saddened to see the damage to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, a church whose exquisite Gothic architecture has for centuries raised hearts and minds to God," said university president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. "We join in prayer with the faithful of the cathedral and all of France as they begin the work of rebuilding. We are reminded of the words of our founder, Holy Cross Father Edward Sorin, a French immigrant, who, after a terrible fire destroyed our campus in 1879, said:

'Tomorrow we will begin again and build it bigger, and when it is built, we will put a gold dome on top with a golden statue of the Mother of God so that everyone who comes this way will know to whom we owe whatever great future this place has.'"

The bells of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus will toll 50 times at 6 p.m. Tuesday, "representing the 50 Hail Marys of Our Lady’s rosary."