Tulsa priest on the emotion, history behind the Notre Dame Cathedral

Tulsa priest on the emotion, history behind the Notre Dame Cathedral

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Catholics said they are shocked and deeply saddened by the devastating fire today at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Father Gary Kastl told FOX23 he first heard the news when a fellow priest texted him. He said he couldn’t imagine such a historic, holy place in destruction.

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“You just stare in disbelief because these beautiful churches, these beautiful structures that have been standing for hundreds of years, on some level you think they are indestructible,” Kastl said.


The famed cathedral has stood in Paris for more than 800 years.

“If you think about the generations that have gone there to pray, to worship, to be inspired, whether you are a person of faith or not, there’s something about that structure that elevates your heart and your mind to a world that is beyond,” Kastl said.

Father Gary Kastl: Notre Dame Cathedral

Father Gary Kastl talked to FOX23 Tiffany Alaniz today about the emotions surrounding Nore Dame Cathedral as it has been devastated by fire. Hear from him on FOX23 News at 5. http://bit.ly/2GfG6w7 Notre Dame Updates: http://bit.ly/2GgZtov

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The heartbreaking loss comes during Holy Week; a day after Palm Sunday and days before Easter.

Kastl is encouraging people to look for ways to help Paris rebuild.

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