10 things you need to know today: April 16, 2019

Fire devastates Paris' iconic Notre Dame cathedral, Barr plans to release a redacted Mueller report on Thursday, and more

The Notre Dame Cathedral in flames
(Image credit: Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)

1. Fire devastates Paris' famed Notre Dame cathedral

A massive fire engulfed Paris' Notre Dame cathedral on Monday. The flames destroyed the 850-year-old Gothic landmark's roof and spire, and spread to its iconic towers as thousands of onlookers watched in shock from the banks of the Seine. Firefighters saved the towers, many priceless works of art, and the church's two most important relics: a tunic worn by Saint Louis, a 13th-Century king, and the crown of thorns Jesus is said to have worn. The cathedral, featured in Victor Hugo's 1831 novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," is one of Paris' most beloved landmarks. Donations immediately began pouring in to restore the church, with two of France's wealthiest families pledging $339 million. "We will rebuild this cathedral," French President Emmanuel Macron said. Officials on Tuesday will start investigating what started the fire. No one was killed in the blaze, but at least one firefighter was seriously injured.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.


Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us
Harold Maass, The Week US

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.