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Catholics mourn loss of centuries-old Notre Dame

When local Catholic Ginny French first saw images of the centuries-old Notre Dame cathedral engulfed in flames on her television Monday, her mind went to a family trip to Paris in 2013. “It just was devastating when I saw the news,” French said. She still remembers the feeling she had while standing in the Gothic cathedral, where construction began in 1163 and took nearly 200 years to complete. “It’s kind of awe-inspiring when you realize the history that it had,” she said.

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