Will Pope Francis be present for the reopening of Notre-Dame de Paris? “I hope so, in any case we will invite him,” replied the Head of State during an interview on France 2. While he visited the Notre-Dame construction site this Friday, one year to the day before its reopening scheduled for December 8, 2024, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, announced that he was inviting Pope Francis for its reopening.
“The invitation will be extended. But it is not up to me to respond on his behalf,” he added.
The president also welcomed the “extraordinary progress” of the project and the respect of the ambitious deadlines announced for this “this project which seemed impossible”. “It’s a fantastic image of hope and of a France that knows how to rebuild,” he proudly added.
During his visit, the President of the Republic announced a series of measures. Among them, the launch of a competition for the creation of six contemporary stained glass windows to “bear the mark of the 21st century” in this jewel of Gothic art, as well as the creation of a “museum of the work of Notre-Dame », in the premises neighboring the Hôtel-Dieu, on the Île de la Cité. It will be “at the same time a history museum, an art museum, a museum which will also describe the permanent construction site of Notre-Dame de Paris”.