The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, revealed Thursday the restoration fund for Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France has already raised about $150,000.
Dolan announced the "From St. Patrick's to Notre Dame" fund, a reference to St. Patrick's cathedral in New York, days after a devastating fire did extensive damage to the historic building.
He told "Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd" on SiriusXM's The Catholic Channel later that day the fund has raised "about $150,000 already."
Dolan told Lloyd, "Well, look some of us religious leaders, Rabbi Joe Potasnik, Reverend A. R. Bernard, we all got together and we were joined by a couple wonderful civic and philanthropic leaders like Ken Langone who said, 'Yeah, let's do something. Let's set up a fund where people can call in with their contributions, and let's get those contributions to the man who can do most about it, namely the Archbishop of Paris.'"
He added, "I've got to say, too, that so many New Yorkers said, 'Boy, we're crying for the people in Paris because we know how down and crushed we'd be if our beloved St. Patrick's went.' So, I thought, let's twin the two and so we started it."
Donations can be made at sptond.org and mailed to "From St. Patrick's to Notre Dame" fund, 1011 1st Ave., New York, NY 10022.
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