Notre-Dame to host first Mass since fire outbreak

Two months after the fire diaster that struck the Notre-Dame cathedral, the first mass will be hosted this weekend, the city’s diocese said on Tuesday.

According to the diocese, the mass will be led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit  will be celebrated on a very small scale late Saturday.

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

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

The event will be broadcast live by a French television channel so that Christians from all over France can participate, the diocese added.

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The date has been chosen as it is the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral’s altar, which is celebrated every year on June 16.


The diocese is awaiting a response from the French authorities over whether it can re-open the parvis, the open space in front of the cathedral to the public.

If the authorities approve the plan, the idea is to celebrate the evening prayers on the parvis, the diocese said.

Source: AFP