US bishops call terrorist attacks a 'national tragedy'
A day that saw several terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and elsewhere was "a day of national tragedy", said the Administrative Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The committee, which was meeting in Washington, issued a statement on Tuesday following the apparently coordinated attacks on the Pentagon in Washington and World Trade Centre in New York using passenger planes.
"If, as seems likely, this tragedy is the result of acts of terrorism," the statement said, "then we pray ... for those whose hatred has become so great that they are willing to engage in crimes against our common humanity. May they realise, at last, that such violence creates not justice but greater injustice."
Text of US Bishops' statement