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Cardinal Dolan Announces Fundraising Effort To Help Rebuild Cathedral

April 18, 2019 - 1:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Faith leaders joined Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Holy Thursday at St. Patrick's Cathedral to kick off a fundraising campaign for the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Philanthropist Ken Langone, the Hime Depot founder, has donated $100,000 to restore the historic cathedral, which is nearly 900-years-old, and asked New Yorkers to join his contribution.

“Our hope is that 800 years from now, historians will look back and say this is when the world came together for a wonderful purpose,” he said.

Cardinal Dolan and Langone together launched the “From St. Patrick’s To Notre Dame” fund to help raise money for the reconstruction effort. Donations can be made online at

Notre Dame was left partially in ruins when a massive fire, believed to be caused by an electrical shortage, destroyed the roof and caused extensive damage to the rest of the structure.

Dolan addressed the fire and noted that officials are taking precautions to ensure nothing similar happens at New York’s beloved St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“We took it very seriously when we restored and repaired the cathedral, which Mr. Langone chaired. They suggested we put in a very effective sensory detection, which was done. Number 2, a mist system. And number 3, very muscular fire retardant on the roof, which, like Notre Dame, is wooden,” Dolan said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he’d like for the cathedral to be rebuilt within five years and already the effort has seen a massive outpouring of global support.

All donations to From St. Patrick’s to Notre Dame will be sent to Paris’ Archbishop Michel Aupetit to assist with the restoration of the cathedral and the numerous historical and artistic relics.