Grieving for Notre-Dame? Turn to Nagasaki for comfort

How does one begin to dry the tears streaming down the ash-stained faces of Parisian Catholics?

To be sure, the Notre-Dame cathedral is a treasure for the world, for people of all nations and creeds. But it is first and foremost a Catholic church - where the sacraments have been celebrated for centuries, where the faithful laboured more than a hundred years to erect a glorious monument to God.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'Grieving for Notre-Dame? Turn to Nagasaki for comfort'. Print Edition | Subscribe