Pope: September 11, unjustifiable terrorism, compounded by claim to be acting in the name of God

» 09/10/2011 10:46
VATICAN – USA

In a letter to the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers, Benedict XVI raises his “fervent prayers” so 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 ”

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Nothing can justify terrorism and what happened on September 11, is compounded by the perpetrator’s claim to be acting in the name of God, affirms Benedict XVI in a letter sent to the archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, marking the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers.

“On this day – writes the Pope – 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 mourn the loss of loved ones.” “The tragedy of that day – the letter continues – 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 Pope praises the American people “ 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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