Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero

In a very solemn moment this morning, Pope Benedict XVI is arriving at Ground Zero in New York. There is a sole cello player, a fitting alternative to the musical fanfare we have seen at some of the previous events. On EWTN, the commentary is being provided by Raymond Arroyo and Peggy Noonan. CNN has Fr. Jim Martin and John Allen.

No public statements are expected at this event. There are many survivors and family members of those who lost their lives in attendance. Pope Benedict is now kneeling and praying in front of a Paschal candle. The only sound is the clicking of cameras...

Pope Benedict lights the Paschal candle with assistance and recites a lovely prayer asking for eternal light and peace for those who died and for healing for those who suffered injuries and those who lost loved ones.

Now the Holy Father is quiety meeting with first responders, victims, and families of victims. He is taking time to make a quiet connection with each of those presented to him.

As the Popemobile departs, bagpipes are heard in the background...

You can read the AP recap of this event here.
Catholic News Service has the story here.

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