Hero Priest Raced Into Blazing Notre Dame to Save Priceless Relics

A French priest is being lauded as a hero for what he did during the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier raced into the blazing building to rescue the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns as well as other priceless religious artifacts and relics.

Fournier, who is the chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, then led a human chain of rescue workers to help move the priceless items out to safety.

From Daily Mail:

This was confirmed by an emergency services source who said: ‘Father Fournier is an absolute hero.

‘He showed no fear at all as he made straight for the relics inside the Cathedral, and made sure they were saved. He deals with life and death every day, and shows no fear.’

The Blessed Sacrament is the body and blood of Christ, transfigured during the mass, according to Catholic teaching.

The Crown of Thorns is believed to be a part of the Crown worn by Jesus when he was crucified.

Records of its existence begin in the sixth century AD, when it is believed to have been kept in Jerusalem by Christians. 

During the Crusades in 1238, the Latin Emperor of Constantinople gave it to King Louis IX to win his support and try and preserve his crumbling empire.   

Although the crown itself was saved from the fire last night, a small fragment of the  it had been kept in the spire and is therefore believed to have burned to ashes.Treasures of Notre Dame to be moved to the Louvre after fire

Fr. Fournier also went above and beyond during the terrorist attack on Bataclan four years ago when he went into the theater and comforted the wounded and gave absolution. 89 people were massacred there.

During his time as an army chaplain, Father Fournier, survived an ambush in which 10 soldiers were killed.  

He also served in Afghanistan where he survived an ambush that killed ten other soldiers.