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Video shows Julian Assange skateboarding in Ecuadorian embassy, arguing with security guards

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Video has been released showing some of the bizarre behavior exhibited by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he lived for the last seven years, before being ousted and subsequently arrested by British authorities last week.

Footage filmed inside Assange’s 330-square-foot apartment, obtained by Spanish newspaper El Pais, shows Assange attempting to skateboard around the room to pass the time, and also shows him getting into an argument with a security guard who objected to a meeting he was trying to hold there.

Ecuadorian officials accused Assange of everything ranging from the bizarre to criminal during his time at the Embassy, where he was staying to avoid being extradited to Sweden on sexual assault charges which were eventually dropped.

In the new video, Assange can be seen in an argument with a man who appears to be a security guard who is instructing the WikiLeaks founder’s guests to leave the Embassy. Assange begins recording the conversation with a camera, and the man attempts to swipe it out of his hand. Eventually, all of the guests leave.

Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, said that Assange was using the Embassy in London as a “center for spying” during his time there. The president also alleged the 47-year-old’s treatment of the Embassy’s staff was “absolutely reprehensible and outrageous,” The Guardian reports.

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Moreno added that Assange “maintained constant improper hygienic behavior throughout his stay,” which seems to corroborate claims made by Ecuadorian politician Maria Paula Romo, who said that Assange was “allowed to do things like put feces on the walls of the embassy and other behaviors of that nature.”

Officials also alleged that Assange kept his bathroom in such a shocking condition that guards took photos and complained. They also reportedly complained about Assange failing to take proper care of his cat.

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Ecuador revoked Assange’s asylum on Thursday and he was promptly dragged out of the Embassy by British police and arrested for violating his bail conditions, for which he could face up to a year in jail.

He also faces possible extradition to the United States after it was announced on Thursday that the government is charging Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion amid claims that he worked with Chelsea Manning to hack Department of Defense computers, leading to what the DOJ has called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”

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Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive

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Notre Dame in Paris is not the first great cathedral to suffer a devastating fire, and it probably won’t be the last. In a sense, that is good news.

A global army of experts and craftspeople can be called on for the long, complex process of restoring the gutted medieval landmark.

One big decision will be whether to preserve the 850-year-old cathedral just as it was before the fire, or to take a more creative approach.

Getting materials may also be a challenge. The cathedral roof was made from oak beams cut from centuries-old trees. There may be no country in Europe with big enough trees today.

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Kentucky barns are being raided to fuel ‘farmhouse chic’ trend

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In headlines that would surely leave Chip and Joanna Gaines fuming, the theft of wood from older barns in Kentucky is reportedly on the rise, supposedly for farmhouse-inspired home design and décor projects.

According to a new report from The Courier-Journal, local authorities say that the uptick in the theft of weathered barn wood has become such an issue that buyers are asking wood sellers to document their assets in a W-9 form, to ensure that they are not purchasing stolen timber. The wood is believed to be stolen for people’s personal projects, as per the outlet.

Though stolen barnwood has long been a problem in Midwestern states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, according to the Courier-Journal, it’s becoming worse than ever before in Kentucky, which has “more old barns per square mile than any other state.”

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Though stolen barnwood has long been a problem in Midwestern states including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, according to the Courier-Journal, it’s becoming worse than ever before in Kentucky, which has “more old barns per square mile than any other state.” (iStock)

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Furthermore, one expert believes that the modern farmhouse-chic tried is likely here to stay for the foreseeable future.

“It’s here and it’s popular. Especially in Kentucky,” Leslie Lewis Sheets, owner of LL&A Interior Design, told the outlet of the general trend, and weathered wood fad.

“If it’s weathered, it takes on the brown tones, the grays, some washed paint that may have been applied. The texture. It’s welcoming. It’s warm,” she added.

Sheriffs across the Bluegrass State have had several instances of barnwood theft reported in 2019 – with some barns “stripped down to their frames and aluminum roofs” in recent months, as per the Courier-Journal; unfortunately, it is difficult for law enforcement to catch, let alone track down, the crooks.

“The thing is trying to prove it, because you don’t know when it was taken,” Cumberland County Sheriff Scot Daniels Daniels said of the issue.

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In a larger sense, swindlers have the advantage of location – as the barns are often away from main roads, on large plots of land. The thieves, too, can easily pull off the heist under the cover of darkness.

In one colorful example, 95-year-old Lois Coffey of Cumberland County has had her tobacco barn outfitted with cameras and floodlights after planks began to go missing piece by piece. Her family, too, contacted the police, and hope that the thieves won’t return – though this time, the nonagenarian says she’s ready to defend her homestead.

“Well, sure, I’d fire at ’em. I’d love to get it out” Coffey told the Courier-Journal of the pistol she’s hidden in her house.

Though it remains unclear at this time if and how Kentucky officials may address the troublesome problem of stolen barnwood, moving forward, some Twitter users were quite upset to learn of the news.

“How big a jerk do you have to be to steal people’s barn wood to decorate your house instead of, you know, paying for it?” one commenter cried.

“That is a shame. It is easy to treat new (cheap) wood to look vintage/“distressed” with finish, no need to steal,” another agreed.

“This is sad! Stop stealing people’s barnwood!” another lamented.

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Trump offers condolences to Macron for Notre Dame fire: ‘Those bells will sound again’

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President Trump offered condolences Tuesday to French President Emmanuel Macron over the devastating fire that ravaged the famed Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris a day earlier.

“France is the oldest ally of the United States, and we remember with grateful hearts the tolling of Notre Dame’s bells on September 12, 2001, in solemn recognition of the tragic September 11th attacks on American soil,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “Those bells will sound again. We stand with France today and offer our assistance in the rehabilitation of this irreplaceable symbol of Western civilization. Vive la France!”

Trump referenced the blaze repeatedly on Monday during both public appearances and on social media. During a stop at a trucking company in Minnesota on Monday, the president expressed his shock and sadness at the news of the fire – calling the famed cathedral “one of the great treasures of the world.”

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Along with Trump, numerous other world leaders offered their condolences to France in the aftermath of the fire, including Pope Francis, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.

Monday’s fire collapsed the spire and burned through the roof of the 12th-century building, sparking an outpouring of grief and reminiscing of visits to the Parisian landmark.

Macron has pledged to rebuild a cathedral that he called “a part of us” and appealed for help to do so. The church is home to relics, stained glass and other incalculable works of art and is a leading tourist attraction, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

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The Paris prosecutor’s office said it was treating the fire as an accident, ruling out arson and possible terror-related motives, at least for now. French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire was “potentially linked” to a 6 million euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the spire and its 500 tons of wood and 250 tons of lead.

Despite the dramatic image of the flaming cathedral, no one was killed. One firefighter was injured, among some 400 who battled the flames for hours before finally extinguishing them. Firefighters continued working through the night to cool the building and secure the monument, as residual sparks sprinkled down from the gaping hole where the spire used to be.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ecuador hit with 40 million cyber-attacks since Julian Assange arrest

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The Ecuadorian government has been hit with more than 40 million cyber-attacks since Julian Assange was arrested last Thursday.

The webpages of the South American country’s public institutions, including the office of President Lenín Moreno, have been targeted in the attacks.

In a statement made by an official Monday, they believe this is the result of stripping the WikiLeaks founder of his political asylum.

Patricio Real, Ecuador’s deputy minister for information and communication technologies, informed the public that the government has been combatting nearly double the normal amount of cyber-threats.

The effort against the government has “principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria, and the United Kingdom,” Real told AFP.

Real informed the public that the threats have been unsuccessful in stealing or deleting data.

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Javier Jara, the country’s undersecretary of the electronic government department of the telecommunications ministry, also claimed on Monday that many of the “volumetric attacks” were associated with “threats from those groups linked to Julian Assange.”

In a statement last Thursday, President Moreno credited his decision to remove Assange from the embassy due to his repeated rejection of “the norm of not intervening in the internal affairs of other states.”

The final violation for Moreno came when WikiLeaks threatened the government of Ecuador last Tuesday.

“My government has nothing to fear and does not act under threats,” Moreno concluded in his statement.

Moreno, who inherited the Assange situation from the previous administration under President Rafel Correa, has been vocal about his disapproval for the Australian-leaker. The President had gone to lengths to restrict Assange’s internet access and accusing him of “spying,” in the months leading to his removal.

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Assange remains in the custody of the U.K. and is set to appear in London court on May 2nd. He faces criminal charges in the U.S. and awaits possible extradition.

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Notre Dame Cathedral fire: How a video game and 3D laser scans could help the reconstruction effort

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As France prepares to reconstruct the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, a famous video game could be a vital tool in the rebuilding effort.

Set during the French Revolution, “Assasin’s Creed Unity,” may help with the reconstruction of the nearly 850-year old cathedral, according to experts. A painstakingly-created digital representation of Notre Dame is one of the backdrops in the game, developed by Ubisoft.

The game “3D scanned #NotreDame in so much detail that this could help rebuilding the cathedral,” tweeted Ştefan Teişanu, director of the Cluj Cultural Centre in Romania on Tuesday.

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Other social media users also highlighted the potential use of “Assasin’s Creed Unity,” which was released in 2014.

In a 2014 blog post, Ubisoft explained how Caroline Miousse, a senior level artist on the game, recreated the famous medieval cathedral, “after working on it for years.”

“We were able to find a lot of blueprints showing us exactly how Notre Dame was constructed,” Miousse said, adding that the game’s historian, books and internet research helped recreate the famous cathedral. “But it also really just helped me a lot to talk to people. It’s very difficult to take a big picture of Notre Dame and capture every single detail. You really have to take a bunch of pictures of everything and put them all together like a puzzle.”

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Miousse noted that she was particularly proud of how Notre Dame’s famous spire was recreated in the game, a process she described as incredibly challenging. “It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, she just re-created it. What’s the big deal?’ But we had all kinds of rules to follow and aspects of navigation to smooth out,” she added.

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Onlookers on the streets of Paris watched in horror Monday as the Cathedral’s ornate central spire collapsed after being consumed by flames.

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Other research projects, such as a 3D laser mapping of the cathedral by the late art historian Andrew Tallon, could also help rebuild the architectural gem.

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“We have exquisite 3D laser maps of every detail of Notre Dame, thanks to the incredible work of @Vassar art historian Andrew Tallon. Prof Tallon passed away last November, but his work will be absolutely crucial,” tweeted Hannah Groch-Begley, a doctoral student at Rutgers on Monday.

In 2015, National Geographic reported that Tallon’s use of laser scanning uncovered anomalies in the structure of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame’s famous bell towers survived Monday’s devastating fire, but construction on the famous cathedral began in 1163. Its two massive towers were finished around 1245, but the building was not completed until the beginning of the 14th century and its central spire was added in the 19th century.

Firefighters declared success Tuesday morning in an over 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing the iconic church that claimed its spire and roof.

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the famous Paris cathedral that he called “a part of us” and appealed for help to do so.

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France’s richest businessman, Bernard Arnault, and his luxury goods group LVMH pledged 200 million euros ($226 million) for the reconstruction. Billionaire Francois Pinault and his son, Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to Salma Hayek, said they were immediately giving 100 million euros from their company, Artemis, the holding company owning auction house Christie’s and the main shareholder of luxury fashion houses including Gucci. Major French companies Total and L’Oreal each pledged 100 million euros.

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Notre Dame cathedral donations swell past $700 million mark

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Donations to help rebuild Notre Dame cathedral hit the $700 million mark midday Tuesday – with two of France’s rival billionaires pledging the bulk of the cash.

Just 24 hours earlier, the world watched in horror as 500 firefighters battled the blaze in Paris for nearly five hours. The extensive fire caused the cathedral’s delicate spire to collapse and burn through the roof of the 12th-century building.

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Nations around the world expressed solidarity with France and offered their support for the recovery.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced an international fundraising campaign even as the fire still burned.

“Notre-Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicenter of our lives,” he said.

Macron added: “Let’s be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we’ve built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together.”

Since his comments, donations have flooded in to help rebuild the historic landmark.

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Bernard Arnault, who heads LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton in France, said his family and the luxury-goods company it controls would donate $226 million to help with reconstruction costs. LVMH also offered up an army of “creative, architectural and financial specialists” to help with rebuilding.

French luxury magnate François-Henri Pinault said his family would dedicate about $113 million to the effort. Pinaut heads Kering, a group of luxury brands including Gucci and Alexander McQueen.

“Faced with such a tragedy, everyone wants to revive this jewel of our heritage as quickly as possible.” Pinault said.

L’Oreal said the company, the Bettencourt Meyers family and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, would donate $226 million, while Patrick Pouyanné, chairman of French oil giant Total, tweeted his company would donate $113 million dollars.

Other big-money donors included Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, head of French investment firm Fimalac, who offered $11.3 million and American philanthropist Henry Kravis who also pledged $11.3 million.

Financial consulting firm Capgemini said it would donate $1.1 million while JCDecaux offered $11.3 million.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted the company would donate to helping rebuild Notre Dame though he did not include a dollar amount.

“We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope,” he said. “Relived that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.”

On a smaller scale, the blaze prompted several fundraising efforts in the U.S.  – some a little more successful than others.

The website Friends of Notre Dame – which was set up in 2016 to receive donations to help with renovation costs – crashed after a flood of contributions came in.

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At the website GoFundMe.com, more than 50 campaigns related to the fire launched Monday, John Coventry, a spokesman for Go Fund Me told Reuters.

“In the coming hours we’ll be working with the authorities to find the best way of making sure funds get to the place where they will do the most good,” Coventry said.

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Body believed to be floating in Massachusetts marsh turns out to be mannequin

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A frantic search for a body believed to be floating in a Massachusetts marsh on Monday ended with a sense of relief when it turned out to be a naked mannequin.

The Harwich Fire Department received a call Monday afternoon that someone had seen what appeared to be a person floating in the water off the Bells Neck Conservation Lands.

Several agencies – with a lot of equipment – responded to the wet marsh and began the frantic search and rescue.

“We have a standard response policy for a person in the water,” Harwich Fire Dept. Lt. Scott Tyldesley told Boston 25. “We automatically activate our dive team. In case they’re needed, they’re on the way.”

He said the marsh area was remote and tough to reach, so they deployed a small boat.

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At the scene, officers quickly spotted what looked like a person twisted in half in the water – but something didn’t seem right.

“The color of the skin just looked a bit off for a person,” Tyldesley said. “We followed the river out and quickly determined it was a case of mistaken identity.”

He said the fire department was glad no other calls were received at the time and the responders were able to use the incident as a training experience.

“Any chance you get to respond to a non-standard emergency is a great training exercise and for this to have it work so well that it wasn’t someone dead it was just a training mannequin — so the mission was accomplished and everything went well and everyone came home uninjured,” Tyldesley said.

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Boston 25 reported that charges could be filed for the cost of the response if they determined that the mannequin had been put in the marsh on purpose. The owner told the station that it had been stolen in January.

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Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent

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Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate.

A long-standing permission allows local Catholics to eat muskrat — a furry, marsh-dwelling rodent native to the area — “on days of abstinence, including Fridays of Lent,” according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. The custom dates to the region’s missionary history in the 1700s and is especially prevalent in communities along the Detroit River.

Missionary priests “realized that food was especially scarce in the region by the time Lent came around and did not want to burden Catholics unreasonably by denying them one of the few readily available sources of nutrition — however unappetizing it might be for most folks,” said Edward Peters, an expert on canon law who is on the faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

The Rev. Tim Laboe grew up in an area of Michigan where the practice has long been a tradition and recalls sitting down for muskrat dinners with his grandfather.

“I don’t know if I enjoy more eating the muskrat or watching people try it for the first time, because it doesn’t look in any way appetizing,” said Laboe, dean of studies at Sacred Heart.

Laboe said some people describe it as tasting like duck, but he disagrees: “I think muskrat tastes like muskrat, and I don’t think I can compare it to anything else.”

Muskrats eat mostly plants and vegetation. Including their tails, the critters are about 20 to 25 inches long (51 to 63.5 centimeters) and weigh between 2 and 5 pounds (0.91 and 2.27 kilograms).

Laboe, who said he enjoys the taste of the furry rodent despite its appearance, recalled a line he attributed to the late Bishop Kenneth Povish, the one-time head of the Lansing Diocese: “Anybody that eats muskrat is doing an act of penance worthy of the greatest of saints.”

Jokes aside, Laboe said the long history of parishioners chowing down on muskrat in the weeks before Easter is in keeping with the meaning of the season.

“The people that ate muskrat many, many years ago were poor, and they didn’t have much,” he said. “And so, in terms of people that do eat it, it does remind us, at least it reminds me, of the poor.”

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Newt Gingrich: The Cathedral of Notre Dame must be restored – Here’s how you can help

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As Callista and I sat watching the terrible fire in Paris that was burning the Cathedral of Notre Dame, our thoughts went back to the many times we had visited Paris. We always visited the great Cathedral. On a number of occasions, we went to Mass there. One unforgettable Mass, they had brought the great bells down from the bell towers, and they were placed right in the middle of the Cathedral. We were sitting just a few feet from one of the bells. When they rang it during Mass, you could feel it in your bones – the vibrations were so powerful.

Notre Dame is one of the greatest examples of gothic architecture. When you stand inside, you feel lifted to the heavens by the very shape of the building. Consider that prior to 1900, the overwhelming bulk of visitors lived in small houses. The scale and majesty of Notre Dame must have been overpowering.

Such a symbol of Western civilization and Christianity cannot be allowed to disappear. As President Trump said, “It’s one of the great treasures of the world… it might be greater than almost any museum in the world.”

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President Trump noted the tragic fire transcends politics, saying Notre Dame Cathedral “is beyond countries, that’s beyond anything. That’s a part of our growing up. It’s a part of our culture. It’s a part of our lives. That’s a truly great cathedral. And I’ve been there, and I’ve seen it, and … there’s probably no cathedral in the world like it.”

Callista and I were delighted when French President Emmanuel Macron said, “We’ll rebuild this cathedral all together, and it’s undoubtedly part of the French destiny and the project we’ll have for the coming years.”

President Macron appealed for international support to help rebuild this great monument to our way of life.

Here in the United States, Monsignor Walter Rossi of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (the largest Catholic Church in America) announced the Basilica was helping raise support for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris:

“The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in solidarity with the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, is welcoming donations through a special online collection in the wake of the devastating fire on April 15, 2019.

“The National Shrine, also called America’s Catholic Church, is facilitating donations and prayer intentions through a special website at www.SupportNotreDame.org to support Notre Dame and those affected by this tragedy.

“The devotion of the faithful made the Cathedral of Notre Dame a welcoming place of worship and pilgrimage for more than eight centuries and now will rely on the generosity of the world to rebuild this sacred place of worship.

“The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception encourages those whose lives have been touched by this iconic Cathedral to support the effort to resurrect and rebuild this church, which has touched the hearts and souls of the world.”

Over Christianity’s long history, many cathedrals and churches across the world have been destroyed and rebuilt.

The best example of a determination to rebuild, however, is in Venice, Italy.

Two weeks ago, we visited Venice. Our trip there convinces us that the great Cathedral can be rebuilt to once again dominate the Parisian skyline and serve as a symbol of Christianity for all the world.

In 1902, the great tower, the Campanile, collapsed in St. Mark’s Square. It was 322 feet tall and weighed 14,000 tons. Roderick Conway Morris wrote a great article, ‘Where it was, as it was,’ describing the determination of the Venetians to rebuild the magnificent historic monument to their city’s greatness.

The Tower had been used to scan the horizon for potential attackers and to serve as a beacon for Venetian ships coming home. Originally built between 900 and 1200, it was finally completed in 1513. For 400 years, Venetians and visitors had seen the tower as a solid landmark that symbolized Venice.

When it collapsed, there was some brief thought to building a different, more modern design. The public outcry was overwhelming. It had to be built “where it was, as it was.” Ten years later, in 1912, the Campanile was reopened, and it met both criteria exactly.

You can visit Venice today and see this triumph of the human spirit.

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I am convinced that in the near future you will also be able to go to Paris and see the great Cathedral of Notre Dame where it was and as it was.

Your donation, however small, will help renew our civilization.

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