NEW YORK (RNS) Pope Francis embraced survivors of 9/11 steps from where the Twin Towers fell, then prayed for peace at an interfaith service beside the last column of steel salvaged from the skyscrapers.
Directly from his speech to the United Nations on Friday (Sept. 25), Francis met with 10 families from the 9/11 community — people who survived the destruction, rescued others from the inferno, or lost loved ones in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, one planned and executed by religious zealots.
Meeting those families, Francis said, “made me see once again how acts of destruction are never impersonal, abstract or merely material. They always have a face, a concrete story, names. In those family members, we see the face of pain, a pain which still touches us and cries out to heaven.”