Paris, France, Apr 16, 2019 / 09:06 am
As the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris burned Monday evening, young Frenchwoman Julie Brocas wandered the streets of the city – she did not want to go home, but she was too emotionally exhausted to continue watching the flames engulf the cathedral.
That is when she got a text from her friend spreading the news about a rosary being prayed that night at Place Saint-Michel; her friend had learned about it through Facebook.
Brocas passed other groups of people singing hymns in the dark as she walked to join her friend where a crowd had already gathered at Place Saint-Michel, a popular Parisian meeting spot not far from the Paris cathedral.
Place Saint-Michel is named for a fountain topped by a large statue of the Archangel Michael wielding his sword above the devil.