Donations for Louisiana's burned black churches up after Notre Dame fire

This booking image released by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal shows Holden Matthews 21 who was arrested

This booking image released by the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal shows Holden Matthews 21 who was arrested

The GoFundMe campaign has a goal of $1.8 million.

"It's a blessing, truly a blessing", the Rev. Freddie Jack, president of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association, said of the fundraising campaign in a telephone interview Tuesday night.

The fundraiser was created on April 10, the same day Holden Matthews was arrested for the attacks that occurred over a 10-day period in Opelousas, Louisiana. Days later, the Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas were burned. Each was more than 100 years old.

Even American entities were reaching deep in their pockets to help France rebuild, as the University of Notre Dame on Tuesday pledged $100,000. With the generous donations pouring in, that timetable could prove realistic.

Trump released a statement - via the White House - on Tuesday, invoking 9/11 and stating that the cathedral's bells would ring again.

A pretrial hearing in the case was set for July 17, with jury selection scheduled to begin in the trial on September 10.

Like with Notre Dame, there were no reported injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters on the scene and all the people of Paris'.

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The team shows a number of tweets from fans asking them to go back to the powder blue uniforms full time. Variations of the powder blue uniforms date back to the team's inaugural 1960 season in Los Angeles.

Freelance journalist Yashar Ali, with 394,000 followers, struck a similar tone, tweeting that the Notre Dame restoration "will be well funded" and urging support for the Louisiana churches.

According to The Daily Beast, Matthews" Facebook page is alleged to have shown he was "active in pagan and black metal pages" and had commented on posts about Varg Vikernes, who spent 16 years in prison for the murder of his Mayhem bandmate Øystein "Euronymous' Aarseth and who was also accused of church burnings in Norway.

Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews - the son of a sheriff's deputy - entered a not guilty plea Monday via video conference from the St. Landry Parish jail, as prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime.

'Mike Pence immediately tweeted about the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, ' said user Denizcan James.

Noting the history of burnings of black churches in the southern United States, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the episode was "especially painful because it reminds us of a very dark past of intimidation and fear".

Mr Matthews was arrested last week and charged with arson of a religious building before the state hate crime charges were added.

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