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No Christmas mass at Notre Dame for first time in more than 200 years

The view a Twin Cities man had of the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (Star Tribune/TNS/Released)

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will not hold any Christmas services for the first time in more than 200 years following the April fire that ravaged the famous landmark.

The 850-year-old church last skipped Christmas services in 1803, spokesman Andre Finot told CNN on Sunday.

Rector Patrick Chauvet will instead hold midnight Mass at the nearby church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, Agence France-Presse reported.

The April fire destroyed parts of the building’s structure, roof and vault, causing millions of dollars in damages.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire but a judicial investigation has noted negligence as a possibility.

President Emmanuel Macron has said it will take five years to repair and restore the building.


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