Photos of Pope Francis’ visit to 9/11 Memorial

Pope Francis and Cardinal  Timothy  Dolan, archbishop of New York at the 9/11 Memorial Sept. 25, 2015. Photo by National September11 Memorial & Museum

Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York at the 9/11 Memorial Sept. 25, 2015. Photo by National September11 Memorial & Museum

“I feel many different emotions standing here at ground zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction,” Pope Francis said last Friday during his historic trip to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. “Here grief is palpable.”

Photo by National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Photo by National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

He greeted family members of some who were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. He also led an interfaith service at the museum Sept. 25.

In a message to God at what he called “the scene of unspeakable violence and pain,” Pope Francis said, “we ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here: the heroic first responders: our firefighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on Sept. 11, 2001.”

It was Pope Francis’ first U.S. visit, which drew massive crowds everywhere he appeared including in Lower Manhattan.

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A few of the thousands who came to Vesey and West Sts. to catch a glimpse of the pope. Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess.

Michael Bloomberg, the 9/11 Museum's chairperson and the former mayor, in the museum. Photo by National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Michael Bloomberg, the 9/11 Museum’s chairperson and the former mayor, in the museum. Photo by National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Some admirers of Pope Francis. Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess.

Some admirers of Pope Francis. Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess.

Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess.

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One Response to Photos of Pope Francis’ visit to 9/11 Memorial

  1. Now imagine if the families did not get the names placed around the voids – imagine if they were bare as architect Arad and the memorial jury planned. What would the Pope do? Leave a rose on a bare wall? It’s the names – something that was not part of the original design – that give that memorial any meaning that it has. And the symbol of triumph over the evil and hatred that struck sits down in Battery Park; the WTC Sphere. What sense does this make? About as much sense as a memorial without names. Arad and officials didn’t want the names
    and they don’t want the Sphere. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.

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