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Interfaith council mourns with France

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The Australian Council of Christians and Jews has expressed its deepest sympathies to the people of France, and Christian believers everywhere, over the terrible spiritual loss the nation has sustained through the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

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“While the nature of church is much more than stone, this great symbol of Christianity, and this repository of some of the most beautiful and ennobling art that human beings are capable of creating, stands as a symbol of the striving of human beings to touch the divine,” the Council said in a statement issued today.

“Thus the loss of the cathedral brings all of us — Christians, Jews, and those with no faith tradition at all — to a recognition of the fragility of that which is made by humans in the glory of transcendent being and a transcendent beauty.

“The Australian Council of Christians and Jews mourns with the faithful of all religions in France, and looks forward to the rebuilding of Notre Dame.

“Our hearts are with the people of France today.”

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