Well, some good news at last. Glad there is still some love for the Church in France. Hope it is rebuilt properly as a Traditional Catholic Church.
"In what some might ascribe to a holy week miracle, the interior of Notre Dame was miraculously saved last night by the more than 400 firefighters worker to suppress a devastating fire that destroyed the roof of the 850-year-old cathedral, as well as its iconic spire. In a speech delivered shortly before midnight, French President Emmanuel Macron implored the French people to join a national fundraising campaign to repair the damage, and at least one of the country's wealthiest men has already obliged. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-16/french-billionaires-pledge-350-million-rebuild-notre-dame
French billionaire François-Henri Pinault said Monday night that he and his family would donate €100 million ($113 million) to the rebuilding effort. Pinault, who is chairman of Kerring group, the luxury goods powerhouse behind Gucci, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, said the money would come from his family's investment firm, Artemis.
In a statement, the billionaire, who is married to actress Selma Hayek, said he hopes that the money will help the Catholic Church "completely rebuild Notre Dame."
"My father [François Pinault] and I have decided to release as of now from the funds of Artemis a sum of 100 million euros to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre Dame," he said.
Church officials and the government of France have for years sought private funds to help pay for costly renovations at the cathedral. It was in the middle of a $12.5 million renovation financed by the French state when the fire, reportedly caused by an 'accident' in the cathedral's attic, first broke out."
According to an SSPX article written last year, Notre Dame has needed and been short on funds for a long time now. So it is good that these have come forward.
"Recently [written Feb 2018], the archdiocese asked the goverment to support the vital repairs on the property it owns. The government refused. It states that it already gives €2 million ($2.28 million) a year for this purpose, but this amount only covers basic upkeep. The repairs needed, including removing past restorative efforts, and replacing them with proper materials and techniques, will cost many times more that amount. And Notre Dame is crumbling more every day.
The Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris has agreed to help shoulder the burden. Michel Picaud, recently estimated the costs at a total of €100 million, noting that the work needs to be carried out within the next six to ten years. With funds not forthcoming from the goverment, and unlikely to come from the dwindling Catholic population of France, Picaud also set up a second non-profit organization in the United States last fall in order to reach its fundraising target. André Finot, a spokesman for Notre Dame cathedral believes the bulk of the money will need to come from the Americans, millions of whom know Notre Dame and who are less hesitant than the French about giving money to the church. “People don’t want to give money because of laïcité,” he says, referring to the strict secularism that infuses French law. " https://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/notre-dame-cathedral-paris-crumbling-paid-admission-inevitable-fix
Kudos to those Catholic Billionaires who stepped up now. Hopefully, there should be no more problem and the re-building of Our Lady's Cathedral goes ahead properly. Let's pray. Notre Dame as we know is French for Our Lady. Some people foolishly said to rebuild it as a secularist monument. That would be absolutely stupid. It should be rebuilt only as a Traditional Catholic Church in honor of Our Lady.