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Pope remembers September 11 at Sunday Angelus


Pope Benedict XVI yesterday recalled the horrific events of September 11 2001, asking God to inspire "men and women of goodwill to renounce hatred and to build a world of justice, solidarity and peace".

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AsiaNews reports that an expression of hope for a world of peace and solidarity, as well as anticipation that a forthcoming UN meeting of heads of state will allow for the realisation of reform to strengthen the role of the United Nations, were the Holy Father's main themes at the midday Angelus in the courtyard of the apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome.

After reciting the Marian prayer, Benedict said that the Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano will take part in a meeting of heads of state and government on Wednesday at the UN.

This meeting, he continued, will "tackle important themes concerning world peace, respect for human rights, the promotion of development and the strengthening of the Organisation of the United Nations".

"I pray fervently that the rulers united there will find suitable solutions to reach the great aims predicted, in a spirit of agreement and generous solidarity. I hope especially for success in putting in place effective and concrete measures to respond to the most urgent problems posed by extreme poverty, sicknesses and hunger, which afflict so many peoples".

The memory of 11 September was evoked in the greeting which Benedict XVI made in English. The Pope mentioned also "victims of terrorist violence in the world" and asked God to inspire "men and women of goodwill to renounce hatred and to build a world of justice, solidarity and peace".

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The Pope recalls 11 September victims and expresses hope for UN reform (AsiaNews.it 11/9/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Remembering 9/11 (americancatholic.org)
A Pastoral Message: Living With Faith and Hope After September 11 (US Conference of Catholic Bishps 14/11/01)
After September 11: How Ethics Can Help (America Magazine 9/10/01)

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Caritas tribute to victims of terrorism (CathNews 13/9/04)
Archbishop says revenge dishonours memory of September 11 victims (CathNews 12/9/02)

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12 Sep 2005