Pope Benedict on 9/11: "The tragedy is compounded by the perpetrators' claim to be acting in God's name"

Archbishop Dolan’s office released this letter from Pope Benedict today:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

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 mown the loss of loved ones .

The tragedy of that day is compounded by the perpetrators’ claim to be acting in God’s name. Once again, it must be unequivocally stated that no circumstances can ever justify acts of terrorism. Every human life is precious in God’s sight and no effort should be spared in the attempt to promote throughout the world a genuine respect for the inalienable rights and dignity of individuals and peoples everywhere. 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. It is my fervent prayer that a firm commitment to justice and a global culture of solidarity will help rid the world of the grievances that so often give rise to acts of violence and will create the conditions for greater peace and prosperity, offering a brighter and more secure future.

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3 responses to “Pope Benedict on 9/11: "The tragedy is compounded by the perpetrators' claim to be acting in God's name"”

  1. This is the most frustrating part of the war on terror. Out enemy does not chose to come out and fight the war in uniform or as part of a nation, but to do so in the shadows like the cowards they are. They also are part of a religion that has in its core belief that everyone else not accepting Islam is an infidel with well spelled out remedy on how they should be treated including Jihad. The end of this war will only come with total defeat of this belief in jihad, or hopefully in a growth of muslims who are sick of it and want it renounced and stricken from the tenets of this faith.

    However, anyone who has studied history knows that this same fight has been going on since Islam was founded with the belief that those who follow it much convert the world and to use force if necessary. The west was being attacked for about 300 years before the first crusade which seems to be an amazing amount of restraint. We had decades of Islamic attacks around the world before 9/11 with thousands of people killed in the name of jihad. It is also still fresh in my memory that TV showed in almost all muslim nations the people rejoicing as the twin towers fell. It is still one of the most viewed video’s in almost every muslim nation. SAD

  2. The word I heard was that the pastor of St. Mary Church, Monroe Michigan, read this letter verbatim both in his own homily as well as the community anniversary celebration of healing.

  3. Why 911! a few causes & failures:




    The Rand group issues a *false statement regarding 911, etc., and thereby misleads the American public on the resolve & capacity of human beings around the world to address the crimes against humanity ongoing by the fbi/cia .

    *The RAND report sums up: “Thus far, despite al Qaeda’s intensive online recruiting campaign, their numbers remain small, their determination limp, and their competence poor.”

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