ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Diocese Bishop David Malloy says the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral has impacted Catholics and non-Catholics alike from all over the world.
The fire engulfed the upper reaches of the cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday. It destroyed two-thirds of the roof of the cathedral and was put out after hours of work.
Bishop Malloy says the fire did more than damage the historic landmark. He says it put the vast collection of irreplacable christian relics and artworks at risk, even if vital pieces were saved.
Despite the damage, Bishop Malloy says an event like this brought people together, and, for a moment, had everyone on the same page
"The matter in which people were not only standing and watching, but you see people with this attention, you see some people who were in tears, you saw some people who were in the streets of Paris who were praying as this magnificent building was going up in flames... there was something that brought together people, not only have faith, but people a step away from faith to people with no faith at all."
The cathedral's iconic spire collapsed after being overtaken by flames. Some experts tell CBS it could take 40 years to rebuild the cathedral.