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Bowling Green Priest Reflects on Notre Dame Fire Ahead of Easter Sunday

John Thomas

A Catholic priest in Kentucky says this week’s fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will likely bring people of all faiths together. 

The Catholic icon has been a house of worship and tourist destination for more than 850 years. 

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Father John Thomas, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green, said the timing of the blaze is significant.

Credit Lisa Autry
Father John Thomas is pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green.

"Fire can be destructive, but fire can also be purifying. It's a physical structure, and while it's very important to us, it also points to something else. That is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the very core of what we celebrate this time of year."

Father Thomas has led several pilgrimages to Notre Dame.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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