7 February 2003
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In April 2019, after Notre-Dame Cathedral had been saved from the flames which nearly destroyed it, French politicians and architects made some startling comments about the reconstruction. They seemed determined to modernise the structure, and especially the famous spire which had collapsed. So how is it that, 16 months on, the authorities have decided to rebuild Notre-Dame as it was before? In this month’s cover story, Agnès Poirier explains what happened behind the scenes – and why the French media are calling it “the building site of the century”.
Elsewhere in the August issue, Eduard Habsburg reviews a history of the Habsburgs; Archbishop John Wilson writes about the murderer Jacques Fesch; Ed Cumming asks why footballers have got so political; Robert Halfon describes an MP’s work during lockdown – and offers Herald readers his own Confession; Fr Andrew Pinsent explains why, as a physicist, he finds that the doctrine of the Assumption makes sense; and we hear accounts of Catholicism in India, China, Japan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the legendary past of Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest.