What Notre Dame shows us about solidarity

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Fire broke out in the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral shortly before 6:50 p.m. on April 15. By the time it was extinguished 15 hours later, the building’s spire and most of its roof had been destroyed, and its upper walls severely damaged; extensive damage to the interior was prevented by its stone vaulted ceiling, which largely contained the burning roof as it collapsed. (Source: Wikipedia)

On Monday, April 15, as last week’s edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph was going to press, I was in the back of a Land Rover, nearing the end of an eight-hour journey from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to Goba, a small town in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, to interview midwives and new mothers about the success of various training programs given throug