After a minute’s prayer, Francis leaves a white rose along the edge of the 9/11 memorial in New York, where names of the Sept. 11 dead are etched in bronze. He also meets with the relatives of some of the first responders killed in the attack, and takes part in an interfaith service with leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Greek Orthodox, Hindu and other faiths.
Here grief is palpable. The water we see flowing toward that empty pit reminds us of all those lives which fell prey to those who think that destruction, tearing down, is the only way to settle conflicts…This place of death became a place of life, too. A place of saved lives, a hymn to the triumph of life over the prophets of destruction and death, to goodness over evil, to reconciliation and unity over hatred and division.