A human chain of rescue staff, led by the chaplain of the Paris Fireplace Brigade, retrieved priceless non secular artifacts from Notre Dame Cathedral because it burned, French officers confirmed Tuesday.
Tradition Minister Franck Riester mentioned that the cathedral’s treasury of irreplaceable Christian relics — essentially the most treasured being the Crown of Thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ, and the tunic of Saint Louis — was secure within the Paris metropolis corridor in a radio interview Tuesday morning.
The rescue effort was led by Catholic priest and chaplain of the Paris Fireplace Brigade, Jean-Marc Fournier, who went into the burning cathedral to retrieve the holy gadgets, Philippe Goujon, the mayor of Paris’s 15th district, informed reporters.
Goujon mentioned that Fournier insisted on being allowed into Notre Dame with the opposite firefighters.
Reporter Etienne Loraillère of France’s KTO Catholic tv community tweeted an image of the priest exterior the cathedral Monday night time.
“Father Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fireplace Brigade, went with the firefighters into Notre Dame Cathedral to avoid wasting the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament,” Loraillère mentioned.
“Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” a member of the emergency providers informed Sky Information. “He confirmed no worry in any respect as he made straight for the relics contained in the cathedral, and made positive they had been saved. He offers with life and loss of life day-after-day, and reveals no worry.”
Based on a 2016 profile, Father Fornier served as a army chaplain in Afghanistan earlier than becoming a member of the hearth brigade.
He was praised for his work alongside the firefighters within the instant aftermath of the horrific Bataclan terrorist assaults in 2015, when he first helped evacuate victims after which prayed over the our bodies of the lifeless and with victims who had misplaced family members.
“I gave collective absolution, because the Catholic Church authorizes me,” Fournier mentioned within the profile.
The Crown of Thorns is believed to have been positioned on the top of Jesus Christ through the crucifixion, and is just displayed in Notre Dame cathedral throughout Holy Week — which is at the moment happening. It was delivered to Paris in 1238 by French monarch Louis IX, who was later named a saint. A linen tunic believed to have been worn by St. Louis can also be one in all Notre Dame’s most treasured relics that was rescued from the hearth.
On Monday night time, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had tweeted a picture of artifacts that had been saved from the hearth that had been transferred to town corridor.
“Thanks to the Paris Fireplace Brigade, the police, and municipal brokers who made a formidable human chain to avoid wasting the works of Notre Dame,” she wrote. “The Crown of Thorns, the tunic of St. Louis, and several other different main works are actually in a secure place.”