Notre Dame’s rector: Paris cathedral will be closed for five to six years

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Tourists and others photograph the damage to the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after a massive fire. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) – Notre Dame’s rector says he will close the burned-out Paris cathedral for up to six years.
Bishop Patrick Chauvet acknowledged that the famed monument would close down for “five to six years” as he spoke with local business owners Wednesday, two days after a blaze torched the roof of the cathedral and brought down its spire.
Chauvet said “a segment of the cathedral has been very weakened” by the devastating fire. He did not elaborate which section  he was talking about.
He added it was unclear what the church’s 67 employees would be doing in the future.

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