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Notre-Dame cathedral 'still at risk of collapse' after fire

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:49 PM

France's culture ministry says that in the aftermath of the fire all work on the cathedral have been aimed at avoiding its collapse, and have not yet involved any kind of restoration

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. File photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

Notre-Dame cathedral site, nearby schools shut over lead fears

Jul 26, 2019 - 12:08 PM

The top government official in the Paris region orders work on the gutted monument to stop, saying that anti-contamination measures are not tight enough and 'not being sufficiently applied'

Flames are doused through the scaffolding erected on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral after a fire broke out on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

Most Notre-Dame pledges not yet collected – archbishop

May 16, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Donors have pledged about a billion euros ($1.12 billion) but so far 'the greater part of these donations have not yet materialized,' says the Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit

DAMAGED. In this file photo, firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. File photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze

May 10, 2019 - 8:13 AM

Analysis detects lead dust in 'very significant' levels on some streets and pavements outside the cathedral, which remain off limits to the public since the April 15 blaze

Smoke billows as flames burn through the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. A spokesman for the cathedral told AFP that the wooden structure supporting the roof was being gutted by the blaze. (Photo by Fabien Barrau / AFP)

Notre-Dame organ dusty but undamaged: organist

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Nothing burned, nothing melted, very little water from the fire hoses got into the organ itself,' says organist Johann Vexo

A February 1, 2004 shows the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, one of the most famous in the World. - (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Thieves strike at Baguio Cathedral during Easter mass

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The church’s CCTV recorded two men stealing a 55-inch flat screen TV from the Bishop’s house

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Triggered ka ba ng nasunog na Notre-Dame?

Apr 22, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Dahil wala tayong personal na koneksyon sa 'intangible heritage,' ampaw ang koneksyon natin sa mga puntod ng ating kasaysayan

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Tagle at Easter Vigil: Be the love that triumphs over sin, death

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says expressing one's love need not always be through heroic feats, but can be done be through simple deeds

EASTER VIGIL. Lighted candles illuminate the faces of the Catholics who attended the Easter Vigil Mass led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Black Saturday at the Manila Cathedral on April 20, 2019. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

'Assassin's Creed' game set in Notre-Dame offered free for a week

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:08 PM

'We want to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame,' says 'Assassin's Creed' game maker Ubisoft

FREE FOR A WEEK. The Assassin's Creed Unity game is set in Paris and uses the Notre-Dame Cathedral as one of its main game backdrops. Photo from Assassin's Creed Facebook page

IOC pledges 500,000 euros to ensure Notre-Dame ready for Paris 2024

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,' says International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

New York police arrest man carrying gasoline into St Patrick's Cathedral

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Days after a fire damages the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, a man walks in another historic cathedral carrying gasoline, claiming he was taking a shortcut after his car ran out of fuel

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Apr 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo backs the idea of a 'wooden cathedral' that will host priests who will address tourists and visitors

Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. - Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists -- some crying, others offering prayers -- watched in horror in central Paris on April 15 night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

[OPINYON] Kung aaraw-arawin ang pagluluksa

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Nang masunog ang Notre-Dame Cathedral sa Paris, France, hindi ko lubos-akalain na ganito kalalim ang pagkaantig ng mga Pilipino sa imahen ng isang simbahang nasusunog

Scammers preying on Notre-Dame donors, France warns

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The French Heritage Foundation says it issues no appeals by phone, mail or email for donations

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Disney offers $5 million for the Notre-Dame it once immortalized on film

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The iconic Paris cathedral is immortalized in Disney's 1996 animated blockbuster 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Notre-Dame in the arts: from gothic novels to 'Assassin's Creed'

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:49 PM

The famous French cathedral has appeared in movies, plays, and even a video game

The Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims is lighten on April 16, 2019 with a message reading in French "Reims watches over Notre-Dame" a day after the fire that ripped through Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. (Photo by FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP)

Watch out for false information about the Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Be on the lookout for disinformation involving the tragic Notre-Dame fire, which destroyed the roof of the Parisian cathedral

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Edouard Philippe describes the task of rebuilding it as 'a huge challenge and historic responsibility'

DESIGNING NOTRE-DAME. A man rides his bicycle along the Seine banks, close to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on March 10, 2016. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Firefighting robot Colossus helps put out Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Colossus, built by French technology firm Shark Robotics, is meant to be water and fire-resistant, allowing it to withstand extreme conditions

COLOSSUS. Shark Robotics' Colossus robot is a modular machine meant for firefighting and other types of dangerous operations. Image from Shark Robotics.

'Like a bombing': Daylight reveals extent of Notre-Dame damage

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:22 AM

'It felt like I was looking at a bombing,' says Philippe Marsset, the vicar general of Notre-Dame, who was among the first to enter the cathedral

DAMAGED. This photo shows the damaged roof of Notre-Dame-de Paris Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital. Photo by Amaury Blin/AFP

World leaders stunned by Notre-Dame fire, urge rebuilding

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Political, cultural, and religious leaders stress the unique and iconic place the Notre-Dame Cathedral has in human history and express solidarity with France

FIRE. People watch as Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral burns late into the night on April 15, 2019, in the French capital Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

'Hunchback of Notre-Dame' tops bestseller lists after fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The monument was ravaged by fire on April 15

NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. The famed cathedral, pictured here in December 2006, is said to be a central character in Victor Hugo's novel. A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed cathedral in central Paris on April 15. File photo by Pierre Verdy/AFP

Workers questioned over Notre-Dame inferno as donations pour in

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:24 PM

(4th UPDATE) A host of French billionaires and companies have stepped forward with offers of cash worth around 600 million euros to remake the iconic structure

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters secure Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 16, 2019, in the aftermath of a fire that caused its spire to crash to the ground. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks

Apr 16, 2019 - 2:25 PM

A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, says the text box feature had been disabled for live streams related to the fire

EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Philippines 'saddened, bothered' by Notre-Dame fire

Apr 16, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Manila Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire in the past, grieves the burning of part of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in France

NOTRE-DAME FIRE. Firefighters douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Notre-Dame, soul of the French nation

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:32 AM

The iconic cathedral is deeply enmeshed in Paris's history since construction began at the end of the 12th century and lasted more than two centuries to 1345

NOTRE-DAME. This file photo taken on July 14, 2017, shows an aerial view of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo by Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

Some Notre-Dame treasures saved by French firefighters

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30 AM

The Holy Crown of Thorns and a sacred tunic worn by 13th-century French king Louis, two irreplaceable artifacts, have been rescued

NOTRE-DAME. Firefighters spray water as they work to extinguish a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris early on April 16, 2019. Photo by Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP

Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild

Apr 16, 2019 - 7:10 AM

(3rd UPDATE) French President Emmanuel Macron vows to rebuild the cathedral, described as the soul of the nation and expressed relief that 'the worst had been avoided' in a blaze that had at one point threatened the entire edifice

CATHEDRAL FIRE. Bystanders look on as flames and smoke billow from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. Photo by Fouad Maghrane/AFP

Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

The week in photos: January 26-February 1, 2019

Feb 02, 2019 - 12:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

'HOT SPRING'. People enjoy a dip in a hotpot-shaped hot spring pool at a hotel in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on January 27, 2019, to promote a healthy lifestyle in the run-up to the Lunar New Year which begins the first week of February. Photo by AFP

It wasn't first time for priest in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

In 2010, Father Ricky Bacolcol was injured in a blast during a Christmas Day Mass also in Jolo, Sulu

BOMBING AFTERMATH. Policemen and soldiers are seen in front of the Jolo Cathedral, where a bombing took place on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

'They died for faith': Priests mourn Mass-goers in Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8 am Mass-goers,' says Jolo apostolic administrator Father Romeo Saniel

JOLO CATHEDRAL. Philippine soldiers walk past the damaged area of the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after two explosions tore through the place of worship. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

Duterte inspects Jolo Cathedral, visits wake of blast victims

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, accompanied by security officials, also interacts with soldiers, cops, and civilians injured by the Jolo explosions

Duterte in Jolo after cathedral bombing. Credit: Malacañang photo

6 persons of interest in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

There were intelligence reports related to these persons of interest as early as August 2018, says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

INSPECTION. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde conducts an ocular inspection of the Jolo Cathedral area a day after the twin blasts. PNP photo

6 children among wounded in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The minors are between 5 and 10 years old

DEADLY BLAST. Soldiers and civilians are among the dead and wounded in twin explosions that rocked the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, on January 27, 2019. Photo from PTV's Twitter page

What we know so far: Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) Who are the victims? What bombs were used? Is there really a lockdown in Jolo?

CHURCH BOMBING. Police inspect the Jolo, Sulu Cathedral a day after an improvised explosive device exploded inside. PNP photo

After Jolo bombing, CBCP hits 'cycle of hate'

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines says a 'cycle of hate' is 'destroying the moral fabric of our country'

CHURCH OFFICIALS. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Romulo Valles (right) and vice president Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) address the media in a press conference on January 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Jolo bombing 'more reason' to retain martial law – Malacañang

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The two recent major bombings in Mindanao are 'too little' to prove martial law has been ineffective, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

World condemns Jolo Cathedral bombing in Philippines

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The United States denounces this 'senseless violence' while the European Union says this is 'also an attack against the basic right to practice one's religion'

JOLO BOMBING. Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu, on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

WATCH: Inside the Jolo Cathedral after the blasts

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The cathedral the morning after Sunday's fatal explosions

CHAOS IN CHURCH. Cops inspect the Jolo, Sulu cathedral a day after the twin IED blasts. PNP video screenshot

Duterte to visit Jolo to inspect cathedral bombing site

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The Jolo Cathedral bombing occurs while the entire Mindanao is under President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte walks past honor guards upon his arrival at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Grandstand of Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite for his attendance to the PNPA 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 commencement exercises on March 21, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Metro Manila police on full alert after Jolo Cathedral blasts

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:09 AM

This means intensified checkpoints, searches, and intelligence operations across Metro Manila

FULL ALERT. Cops are on full alert after the Jolo, Sulu cathedral twin blasts. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Islamic State group claims twin suicide bombings of Jolo Cathedral – SITE

Jan 28, 2019 - 7:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The website of SITE Intelligence Group says the Islamic State's East Asia province issued a formal communique for the dual suicide bombing

AFTERMATH. Two bombs exploded at the Jolo, Sulu cathedral Sunday, January 27. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

LIST: Jolo Cathedral bombings, attacks since 2000

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu, has been the target of many attacks through the years

Military will 'crush' Jolo attackers, says Malacañang

Jan 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and other officials also denounce the bombing of the Jolo Cathedral

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the cathedral in Jolo, Sulu, killing civilians attending Mass and soldiers who responded to the scene. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

At least 23 dead in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(11th UPDATE) More than a hundred others are injured in twin explosions at the cathedral on Sunday morning, January 27

After 600 years, night watchman still keeps vigil over Lausanne

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Cupping his hands around his mouth, the night watchman atop the Lausanne cathedral bell tower allows his voice to carry across the rooftops, just as his predecessors have done every evening since 1405

Marco Carrara, a replacement watchman, holds a lantern as he looks out from the Lausanne Cathedral bell tower, on December 17, 2018 in Lausanne. Every evening, the night watchman clambers to the top of the Lausanne cathedral bell tower and gets to work: he shouts out the time each hour, keeping a six-century-old tradition alive. The night watchman, one of the last in Europe, no longer alerts this Swiss city to fires, but he does help the residents to keep track of the time. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP