SOUTH BEND — The University of Notre Dame will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame Cathedral.
In a news release, the university also announced the bells of the Basillica of the Sacred Heart would toll 50 times, representing the 50 Hail Marys of Our Lady's rosary, at 6 p.m. Tuesday to mark the start of the cathedral's rebuilding process.
"We are deeply saddened to see the damage to the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, a church whose exquisite Gothic architecture has four centuries raised hearts and minds to God," Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins said. "We join in prayer with the faithful of the cathedral and all of France as they begin the work of rebuilding."
Fire severely damaged the 856-year-old French cathedral Monday. The fire burned for several hours and caused Notre Dame's spire to collapse while also destroying its roof.