A French priest who helped convenience the wounded after the worst terrorist assault on Paris this century has emerged because the hero of the Notre-Dame hearth.
Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fireplace Brigade, stored the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the burning cathedral on Monday evening when he bravely went in with firefighters.
It have been feared that each non secular artefacts could be misplaced to the raging hearth which engulfed the enduring construction.
“Father Fournier is an absolute hero,” a member of the emergency products and services stated.
“He confirmed no concern in any respect as he made instantly for the relics throughout the cathedral, and made positive they have been stored. He offers with existence and demise each day, and displays no concern.”
Etienne Loraillere, an editor for France’s KTO Catholic tv community, stated Fournier “went with the firefighters into Notre Dame Cathedral to save lots of the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament”.
This isn’t the primary time the priest has served the folk of Paris all over a countrywide tragedy.
He went throughout the Bataclan tune venue in Paris on 13 November, 2015, after Islamic State terrorist murdered 89 other people the usage of weapons and explosives.
The priest prayed over the lifeless and comforted those that have been injured or had misplaced family members.
“I gave collective absolution, because the Catholic Church authorises me,” Fournier stated on the time.
Father Fournier, who’s in his 50s, began his profession as Catholic priest in Germany, after which moved to the Sarthe division of France.
He joined the Armed Forces diocese in 2004, spending seven years running with the military in every single place the sector.
In Afghanistan he survived an ambush by which 10 squaddies have been killed.
The Crown of Thorns is presupposed to be a relic of the wreath of thorns positioned at the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion. It was once delivered to Paris in 1238 by way of French monarch Louis IX.
The hallowed object was once contained in an elaborate gold case which was once saved within the cathedral’s treasury and is simplest from time to time displayed for other people to peer.
The Blessed Sacrament is a devotional identify for the frame and blood of Christ within the type of consecrated bread and wine. It’s frequently proven in a monstrance, an ornate golden container.