Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer at Ground Zero

National September 11 Memorial & Museum, New York. Photo: stolnikphotography/Shutterstock

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

— Excerpt from Visit to Ground Zero, New York, Prayer of His Holiness Benedict XVI 

A firefighter pays his respects at the FDNY Memorial Wall in New York. Photo: Glynnis Jones/Shutterstock

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