By Abdul Taher For Mail On Sunday
Published: 01:38 BST, 16 June 2019 | Updated: 01:38 BST, 16 June 2019
Their heads protected by safety helmets in case of falling debris, the Archbishop of Paris and a priest celebrate mass at Notre-Dame in the first service since the devastating fire that shocked the world two months ago.
Dispensing with his mitre, Archbishop Michel Aupetit presided over the service with 30 other clerics and officials, the maximum number allowed under current conditions.
The mass took place in a chapel behind the choir, an area that construction experts consider to be safe.
Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit dons a hardhat instead of the traditional mitre as other members of clergy stand in cassocks and construction helmets to worship in Saturday's mass - the first since the inferno swept through the church two months ago
Last week, France’s Culture Minister, Franck Riester, said the 850-year-old cathedral – one of the country’s most famous landmarks – remains in a ‘fragile’