(These pictures of the Notre Dame fire are from CNN.com.)
The burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is not just a tragedy for catholics. It is a tragedy for the people of France, and for people all around the world.
The cathedral was nearly 1,000 years old -- having been started in 1160 and completed about 1260. It was beautiful, but even more important, it was a part of the world's history. No one has to be catholic, or even religious, to be affected by this tragedy.
It seems that part of the cathedral has been saved (the towers at the front), and President Macron has said the cathedral will be rebuilt. I hope so. But the loss from this fire is immense.