Pope Francis Prays at Ground Zero

Leads multi-faith service at 9/11 Memorial
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2015 12:55 PM CDT
Pope Francis Prays at Ground Zero
Pope Francis looks on during the interfaith 9/11 service.   (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via AP, Pool)

At a reflecting pool at the 9/11 Memorial, Pope Francis prayed and laid a white rose before leading a multi-faith service for peace today. "Francisco, Francisco," the crowd chanted after he placed the rose on the pool's edge, according to AFP. The pontiff met with 9/11 families and responders, including two widows, before the service; he blessed a wheelchair-bound NYPD detective who helped catch Osama bin Laden's brother. The service included a prayer of remembrance: "We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here," he said, per the New York Daily News. Also at the service: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Chuck Schumer, former mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and representatives of other major religions. (More Pope Francis stories.)

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