A human chain of rescue staff, led by the chaplain of the Paris Fireplace Brigade, retrieved priceless spiritual artifacts from Notre Dame Cathedral because it burned, French officers confirmed Tuesday.
Tradition Minister Franck Riester stated that the cathedral’s treasury of irreplaceable Christian relics — probably the most valuable 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 stated 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 outdoors the cathedral Monday night time.
“Father Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fireplace Brigade, went with the firefighters into Notre Dame Cathedral to save lots of the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament,” Loraillère stated.
“Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” a member of the emergency providers informed Sky Information. “He confirmed no concern in any respect as he made straight for the relics contained in the cathedral, and made certain they have been saved. He offers with life and dying on daily basis, and reveals no concern.”
In accordance with 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 speedy aftermath of the horrific Bataclan terrorist assaults in 2015, when he first helped evacuate victims after which prayed over the our bodies of the useless and with victims who had misplaced family members.
“I gave collective absolution, because the Catholic Church authorizes me,” Fournier stated within the profile.
The Crown of Thorns is believed to have been positioned on the top of Jesus Christ throughout the crucifixion, and is barely displayed in Notre Dame cathedral throughout Holy Week — which is at present going down. 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 be one among Notre Dame’s most valuable 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 save lots of the works of Notre Dame,” she wrote. “The Crown of Thorns, the tunic of St. Louis, and a number of other different main works are actually in a secure place.”