France asks: Should Notre-Dame's spire be rebuilt as it was? (Reuters) “The cathedral was built over nearly 200 years starting in the middle of the 12th century, although it was only in the mid 1800s that architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc added the lead-covered spire during restoration work,” Reuters reported. “The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
Christ raised to glory on the Cross, Pope reminds audience (Vatican Press Office) At his weekly public audience on April 17, Pope Francis reflected on the Easter Triduum, saying that in Christ’s death on the Cross, “God finally reveals his glory. He removes the final veil and astonishes us as never before.” The celebration of the Triduum brings us closer to the Almighty, the Pope said, and “God at Easter removes the distances.”