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Of Notre Dame burning and signs of the times

Credit: Reuters On the Tuesday before Good Friday, many in the Catholic community will have awoken with a sense of foreboding. For them, the Notre Dame fire will have signified much more than the destruction of 900 years of culture. Occurring on Holy Monday -- a day associated with the withering of the fruitless fig tree -- the fire might have implied a divine message about the state of the world and what needs to be done about it. That it happened in Paris is also highly significant.If you're not a practising Catholic with a penchant for traditionalism and miracles, you probably won't be familiar with this line of interpretation. Even if you are, you might be inclined to dismiss it as non-scientific nonsense. Which is fine and understandable. But it’s also missing the point. The

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