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The fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame should be seen as a sign and a call to repentance. This was stated by the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) under the Council of Europe and the European Union hegumen Philip. His words leads RIA Novosti.
According to the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, similar events in the history of religion has always been considered a sign that encourages us to repent, turn to God and correct life. “I don’t think the French are worse than us, but unless we look at the state of the spirit and reform, and we can comprehend this tragedy”, — he warned.
Hegumen Filipp added that inside the Cathedral remained the Vladimir icon of the mother of God, which was given to Patriarch Alexy II during his visit to Paris in 2007. Destiny of the Shrine is still unknown, he said.
The fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame began on 15 April at 18:30 local time. The fire destroyed two-thirds of the roof, the roof, the steeple and clock of the Cathedral. Suspected cause of the fire could be the restoration of the building, for this purpose around the Cathedral was erected of the forest with a height of 100 meters.
Firefighters rescued a part of relics from a burning building artwork. According to experts, the restoration of the building can take from five to several decades.
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