Friday, April 19, 2019

Father Fournier: A True Son of St. Louis

Father Jean-Marc Fournier is the brave priest who saved the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the burning Notre Dame de Paris. From The Daily Mail:
A French priest who helped the wounded in the Bataclan terror attack on Paris and who survived an ambush in Afghanistan also emerged as a hero of the Notre Dame fire today. Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, rushed straight for the relics housed in the cathedral to rescue the the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns relics from the blazing building on Monday night. It was feared that both religious artifacts would be lost as flames engulfed the medieval building, but Father Fournier made sure they were taken to safety. Four years ago he also comforted the wounded after the worst terrorist attack on Paris this century when 89 people were massacred at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in 2015. (Read more.)

From Aleteia:
The hero firefighter chaplain who saved the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from Notre Dame Cathedral has given more details about the daring rescue. Father Jean-Marc Fournier spoke with a reporter from France’s KTO Catholic channel, explaining that when he retrieved Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, he blessed the church with the Eucharist: “Here I am completely alone in the [nave of the] cathedral, in the middle of burning debris falling down from the ceiling, I call upon Jesus to help us save His home.”

“I did not want to simply leave with Jesus: I took the opportunity to perform a Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament.”
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