Notre Dame cathedral will not hold Christmas mass for first time in 200 years

(CNN) – For the first time in more than 200 years Notre Dame cathedral will not hold a Christmas service.

A spokesman says Notre Dame hasn’t been closed on Christmas since 1803. It even welcomed worshipers during the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II.

A midnight mass will be celebrated on Christmas Eve by the Rector but that will be held at a nearby church.

In April, France’s Prime Minister announced an international architects’ competition to rebuild, and perhaps redesign the landmark after it was devastated in a fire.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to have it rebuilt in five years.

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