Pope Visits Ground Zero and Celebrates One More Mass
Pope Benedict XVI offered a prayer Sunday at the site of ground zero before celebrating his final Mass in the United States at Yankee Stadium.
A crowd of 57,00 came to hear the Pope deliver his last U.S. Mass, reported the New York Post. The Pope called this Mass, "a summons to move forward with firm resolve to use wisely the blessings of freedom, in order to build a future of hope for coming generations."
The Pope's main message during his six-day pilgrimage was to have faith play a role in public life.
At ground zero, the Pope offered a prayer for peace, mentioning the attacks not only on the World Trade Center, but also the Pentagon and a jetliner that crashed in Pennsylvania, reported the New York Times.
After a prayer, the Pope blessed the site with holy water in all four directions.
The Pope's visit was a half-hour long, but he did exchange words with many of survivors and families of those who were killed in the 9/11 attacks. Only 24 guests were allowed to be at the site with the Pope. The 24 guests were selected from among more than 1,100 applicants for a chance to meet the pope.
The service was held at the bottom of the giant construction ramp that goes into the construction site for the new towers rising at ground zero.