At 9/11 site, pope prays with Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, far right, speaks as Pope Francis stands with Jewish and Muslim leaders as he visits the museum to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, far right, speaks as Pope Francis stands with Jewish and Muslim leaders as he visits the museum to the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, on September 25, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-INTERFAITH, originally transmitted on Sept. 25, 2015, and with RNS-PALLY-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Nov. 4, 2015.

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NEW YORK (RNS) Pope Francis asked God to "look on us, people of all faiths and religious traditions, who gather today on this hallowed ground, the scene of unspeakable violence and pain."

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  • Bernardo

    Typical of the religions today. Afraid to call it as it is. What Francis should have said at this gathering:

    “Get it together oh ye Muslims and Jews. Your religions are causing too much pain, grief and horror and all driven by your operating manuals. But to be honest, there is one vary glaring atrocity in the New Testament i.e God the Father committing filicide. To that end, we as Catholics no longer believe said action ever occurred.” But I guess had Francis said that, he would be out of a job. But that would be a good thing as it would give credence to the fact that all religions are severely flawed with major revamps needed across the board.

  • Religious zealots? There’s no evidence the perps were religious zealots. That’s a myth.

  • Mark

    Filicide? We should not allow ignorant un-changed hearts to post on spiritual things their hearts/minds cannot possibly understand

  • Mark

    I sense either sarcasm or ignorance… I hope not the later…

  • Richard Rabinowitz

    I’m happy to see that the URJ President was in there with the Pope. If religious leaders work together, perhaps they can help people in general, not just their own flocks/constituencies/ congregants.

  • Stacy

    This segregated comment is a wonderful example of the need for love and peace across all religions. You’ve done a fantastic job of proving their highest beliefs and intentions.

  • Humanism is what is called for at ground zero. As far as I can tell, that is what these clergy brought to the situation. They did not bring Mohammed, Allah, Jesus or Moses or any other god.

    Human beings committed a horrific crime against other human beings on 9/11 while following primitive delusions written by other, more ancient human beings.

    Human beings need to stop being jerks to other human beings in the name of gods invented by ancient human beings. Prayer vigils like this one would not be necessary if all religions stopped their horrific faith-based practices (Jihad, Suicide bombings, Genital mutilation, Women’s repression) and simply died off.

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  • WonderGirl

    Just wondering why the Baha’i Faith religion was not represented? They are all around the world and I know there are many in the United States. They have a beautiful temple on the outskirts of Chicago. But many of the followers of this faith are suffering supreme hardship in their native lands in the Middle East because of their religion. They have no religious freedoms and many of their civil rights, including the right to higher education have been denied them because of their faith. I know Baha’is and one of their principles if One God, One Man and One Religion. Just wish they’d been there.

  • Turner

    Every priest in Jesus’s day was called a son of god, much as people today call themselves children of god. Furthermore, all but 2 new testament books were written over 100 years following his death and have been heavily edited and translated many times over 2000 years. I’m not speculating. This is verified my religous scholars. People just choose to ignore an inconvenient fact. Great man. Great teacher. Great socialist political activist. Great philosopher. Most influential man of all time. Not a diety. He was one of hundreds of proclaimed messiac reformers in a region torn bu corruption between the temple and roman totalitarianism. You’re welcome.

  • Les

    The URJ has little to do with real Judaism.

  • Bernardo

    Jesus was great? Not really, P, M, M, L and J made him great as did Pilate and Constantine. (Pilate could have sent rabble-rousers to the Roman salt mines instead of to the cross- so Christianity is actualy based on the whims of one Roman prefect of Judaea). The absurdity of religion never ceases to amaze!!!

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    God is One – paths are many.

  • Larry Beard

    I am a Bahai and I was wondering why we were not recognized also.