Pope Francis continued his tour of the United States with a visit to the 9/11 memorial in downtown Manhattan yesterday.
He shook hands with onlookers and also shared a prayer at Ground Zero and talked to the crowd.
Pope Francis “I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction, Here, grief is palpable.”
“Here, amid pain and grief, we also have a palpable sense of the heroic goodness which people are capable of, those hidden reserves of strength from which we can draw,” Francis said. “In the depths of pain and suffering, you also witnessed the heights of generosity and service.”
He closed his address by touching on Unity, “It is a source of great hope that in this place of sorrow and remembrance I can join with leaders representing the many religious traditions which enrich the life of this great city,” Francis said. “I trust that our presence together will be a powerful sign of our shared desire to be a force for reconciliation, peace and justice in this community and throughout the world.”