Remembering 9/11: US bishops call for "remembrance, resolve, renewal"

The USCCB President Timothy Dolan released the following statement late Thursday, in advance of this weekend’s commemoration: “As we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, it is a time for remembrance, resolve and renewal. We reverently recall those who were most directly affected [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: "Love is more powerful than hate"

Over at CNEWA’s blog ONE-TO-ONE, Fr. Elias Mallon, our Education & Interreligious Affairs Officer, has just posted his own personal reflections about 9/11 — with some thoughts, in particular, about this Sunday’s Mass readings: One of the most difficult aspects in Christianity — and also one its foremost characteristics — is the challenge of Jesus [Read More...]

Remembering 9/11: the seminarian who became a firefighter

From the In My Backyard Desk, some news about a 9/11 hero from the Diocese of Brooklyn.  Chief Joseph W. Pfeifer was featured prominently in the documentary I worked on, “9/11,” (updated and being rebroadcast on CBS this Sunday).  Now, he is looking back on the legacy of that awful day. From CNS: As Chief Joseph [Read More...]

Counting the cost: the 9/11 mother who turned down $2 million

The Boston Globe this morning profiles a lawyer, Ken Feinberg, who negotiated settlements with the families of 9/11 victims — and he remembers one family member in particular: There was an elderly woman whose son had died in New York. She never responded to any of the solicitations about the settlements, failed to return any [Read More...]

Leaps of faith: Christians and Jews reaching out to Muslims after 9/11

It’s a phenomenon that cropped up shortly after the terror attacks, and the New York Times looks at how it has played out in some communities: When Betsy Wiggins opened her front door and saw the woman in a full black face veil coming up her flower-lined walkway, she wondered if she had done the [Read More...]

Just what the world has been waiting for: the 9/11 coloring book

For those who thought the 9/11 memorial wine wasn’t quite tacky enough…now this. Details: To the American people and all others who may read this child’s coloring book, We Shall Never Forget is designed to be a tool that parents can use to help teach children about the facts surrounding 9/11. This book also describes [Read More...]

Cardinal Egan remembers 9/11

The man who was the most visible spiritual leader to New York’s Roman Catholics on September 11, 2001 is sharing his memories of that day with the AP: Cardinal Edward Egan was eating breakfast when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani called to say there was a tragedy and the churchman was needed. A police car would soon [Read More...]

Finding the words to preach on 9/11

In the days ahead, a lot of us will be struggling to put into words something that is really beyond words.  Religions News Service looks at the challenge of preaching on 9/11: Standing in the pulpit on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, what do you say? For clergy called upon to preach that day, which [Read More...]

NYC mayor will not reconsider ban on clergy at 9/11 ceremony

His spokesman said so on Friday: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not reconsider his decision to exclude clergy from the ceremony marking 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a spokesman said Friday. The statement comes despite increased pressure from religious and conservative leaders who say that even though the mayor has not [Read More...]

NYC mayor: no prayer at 9/11 memorial service

Incredible, but true: The atheists aren’t the only ones making a stink about the goings-on at Ground Zero; the former Deputy Mayor under Rudy Giuliani is lambasting Mayor Bloomberg for excluding religion from the upcoming 10th anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center. “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no [Read More...]