Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries

  • This photo taken on Monday Dec. 16, 2019 shows Notre Dame Cathedral lit up at night, in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral kept holding services during two world wars as a beacon of hope amid bloodshed and fear. It took a fire in peacetime to finally stop Notre Dame from celebrating Christmas Mass for the first time in more than two centuries. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, Notre Dame cathedral choir’s director Henri Chalet directs the Notre Dame choir during a rehearsal at the Saint Sulpice church in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral kept holding services during two world wars as a beacon of hope amid bloodshed and fear. It took a fire in peacetime to finally stop Notre Dame from celebrating Christmas Mass for the first time in more than two centuries. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

  • In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, members of the Notre Dame cathedral choir sing during a rehearsal at the Saint Sulpice church in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral kept holding services during two world wars as a beacon of hope amid bloodshed and fear. It took a fire in peacetime to finally stop Notre Dame from celebrating Christmas Mass for the first time in more than two centuries. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.

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