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At midnight Mass, Cardinal Egan honors fallen rescue workers

Surrounded by the families of victims of the 11 September terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centre, Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York paid tribute to the fallen police officers, firefighters and rescue workers, calling them examples of "courage and self-sacrifice".

A standing-room-only crowd of 3000 attended midnight Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral on Christmas.

Joining the cardinal in the cathedral's sanctuary were families of one police officer, one firefighter and one emergency worker who were killed at the World Trade Centre.

Arriving to a standing ovation was New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who received praise and admiration for his leadership in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. The mayor later received a second standing ovation after Cardinal Egan congratulated him on being named Time magazine's "Person of the Year."