FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2011
LETTER FROM POPE BENEDICT XVI ON SEPTEMBER 11TH TENTH ANNIVERSARY
Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his prayerful support of the United States on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, in a letter sent to Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In his letter, dated September 11, 2011, the Pope writes that, "On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the further attacks in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. I join you in commending the thousands of victims to the infinite mercy of Almighty God and in asking our heavenly Father to continue to console those who mourn the loss of loved ones."
Pope Benedict also notes, "The American people are to be commended for the courage and generosity that they showed in the rescue operations and for their resilience in moving forward with hope and confidence."