Prayers have been said in Leeds Cathedral and across the Diocese of Leeds, expressing sympathy and solidarity after the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The Dean, Monsignor Philip Moger, said:
‘In this Holy Week we at Leeds Cathedral were saddened to hear of the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. The firefighters and the congregation, clergy and staff of Notre Dame and the people of Paris are in our prayers. This great and much-prayed-in church bears witness to the faith of millions of people down the centuries. May this coming great Feast of Easter give new hope and heart to all who hold Notre Dame dear.’
In common with Cathedrals throughout France and other Christian churches throughout the world, a single bell at Leeds Cathedral will be tolled for seven minutes from 7pm tonight (Thursday, 18 April). Any other Catholic churches in the Diocese of Leeds which possess a bell are encouraged to do likewise where feasible.