Shock, prayers around the world for Notre Dame Cathedral

People watch as flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral as it burns in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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The world reacted with shock, horror and prayers to the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Spain's prime minister offered France the help of his country in the recovery.

The fire is a "catastrophe for France, for Spain and for Europe," Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted, adding that the flames are destroying "850 years of history, architecture, painting and sculpture."

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U.S. President Donald Trump said the cathedral "might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it's burning, very badly." He said the fire, which dominated news coverage, was a terrible sight to behold.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said he prayed at his city's St. Patrick's Cathedral for intercession.

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