Multifaith, Interfaith Responses to Terrorist Attacks (September)

September 12, 2001

Source: Newsday

On September 12, 2001, Newsday reported on religious responses to the terrorist attacks in New York City. "From Manhattan to Montauk, members of the clergy reached out to offer spiritual solace and words of comfort as the area searched for answers to yesterday's attacks. The area's faithful filed into churches, mosques and synagogues, murmuring prayers of hope for missing loved ones and those who are presumed dead." During the emergency, religious communities offered shelter and food. In the aftermath, they are planning blood drives and vigils, and reaching out to the larger community. Some religious leaders also warned against retaliation. At evening Mass, Cardinal Egan told his congregation, "'We call for justice...We insist that those who have committed this crime be called before the courts of civilized people. We must not, however, allow our pursuit of justice to descend into sentiments of hate and retaliation.'"