The hero who saved the Crown of Thorns: the chaplain of the fire brigade entered the flaming Notre Dame to restore the holy relic – three years after he boldly helped Bataclan terror victims
- Jean-Marc Fournier saved the Crown of Thorns from the blazing Notre Dame
- Chaplain of the Paris fire brigade also saved the Holy Sacrament from the cathedral
- Sire Fournier described as a & # 39; hero & # 39; for & # 39; showing no fear & # 39; and saving the relics
- He also rushed to Bataclan in 2015 when the militants of the Islamic State killed 89
A French priest who helped the wounded after the most serious terrorist attack in Paris this century and who survived an ambush in Afghanistan today, has also emerged as a hero of the Notre Dame fire.
Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, saved the Holy Sacrament and the Doornenkroon from the burning cathedral on Monday evening.
It was feared that both religious artifacts would be lost if the flames engulfed the medieval building, but Father Fournier ensured that they were brought to safety.
Etienne Loraillere, an editor of the KTO Catholic television network in France, said that Father Fournier & # 39; entered the Notre-Dame Cathedral with the fire brigade to save the Crown of Thorns and the Holy Sacrament & # 39 ;.
This was confirmed by a source of emergency services who said: & Father Fournier is an absolute hero.
Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, saved the Holy Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the blazing Notre Dame cathedral
The Holy Crown of Thorns that was shown during a ceremony at Notre Dame in 2014. The holy remnant was saved from destruction in the fire last night by the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, Jean-Marc Fournier
& # 39; He showed no fear at all when he went straight to the relics in the cathedral and made sure they were saved. He treats life and death every day and shows no fear. & # 39;
The fire broke out in the medieval UNESCO world heritage site in the French capital on Monday, with the tower and roof falling to the ground as the flames and clouds of smoke rippled into the sky.
The fire, which at some point threatened the entire building, was brought under control on Tuesday evening about nine hours after it broke out.
Father Fournier rushed to the Bataclan music location in Paris on November 13, 2015, when militants of the Islamic State killed 89 people with guns and explosives.
Smoke and flames rise in the sky of Paris during the devastating fire of the famous Notre Dame cathedral in the center of Paris last night
The modest chaplain prayed over the dead and comforted those who were injured or lost loved ones.
& # 39; I gave collective absolution, as the Catholic Church allows me, & # 39; said father Fournier at the time.
Father Fournier, who is fifty, started his career as a Catholic priest in Germany and then moved to the French department of Sarthe.
He joined the armed diocese in 2004 and worked with the army all over the world for seven years.
In Afghanistan he was involved in an ambush in which 10 soldiers were killed.
Father Fournier said: & # 39; On my first trip to Afghanistan, I was terrified – everything I saw could potentially be dangerous, as we had learned during training. & # 39;
Some of & # 39; the world's most priceless relics were saved as the inferno rage attack last night when firefighters formed a human chain inside the building destroyed by fire.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, thanked the city's emergency services in a tweet and revealed that they had formed a & # 39; formidable human chain to save the works of Notre Dame & # 39 ;.
Other valuable items that were preserved were the tunic of Saint Louis, which dates from the 13th century.