April 18, 2019 / 11:10 AM / a month ago

In aftermath of Notre-Dame blaze, Macron says Pope will visit France

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis addresses reporters aboard the plane bringing him back following a two-day trip to Morocco March 31, 2019. Alberto Pizzoli/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Pope Francis would at an undetermined time visit France, a country plunged into sorrow this week by a catastrophic fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral.

“I spoke to the Pope yesterday by telephone. I obviously invited him to come over, and he will come at a time of his suiting,” Macron said.

Earlier this week, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow over the blaze and thanked rescuers who put their lives at risk to salvage the centuries-old cathedral and its priceless artefacts. He said he was eager to see it restored.

The Vatican has said it is willing to offer restoration expertise to help rebuild the fire-damaged landmark.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Richard Lough

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