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September 25, 2015 4:06 pm

Pope Francis Joined by New York Rabbi and Cantor at Interfaith 9/11 Memorial Service

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Pope Francis in New York City on Friday. Credit: YouTube.

Pope Francis in New York City on Friday. Credit: YouTube.

JNS.org – Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Cantor Azi Schwartz of New York City’s Park Avenue Synagogue on Friday joined Pope Francis as well as leaders from other major religions during an interfaith 9/11 attacks memorial service.

In the emotional service, Cosgrove led off the prayers, saying, “In this place where horrendous violence was committed falsely in the name of God. We representatives of world religions in the great city of New York gather to comfort and pray.”

Imam Khalid Latif, who serves as a Muslim chaplain at New York University, said that “intolerance and ignorance fueled those who attacked this place” and that “we stand together as brothers and sisters to condemn their horrific acts.”

Cosgrove invoked St. Francis, saying, “Let us become instruments of peace.”

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“We should love peace and we should pursue peace,” he said.

Schwartz sang a Jewish prayer in honor of the dead.

In his remarks at the service, Pope Francis urged religious leaders to be a “a force for reconciliation, peace, and justice.”

“This is a place where we shed tears” Pope Francis said. “We weep out of a sense of helplessness in the face of injustice, murder, and the failure to settle conflicts through dialogue. Here we mourn the wrongful and senseless loss of innocent lives because of the inability to find solutions which respect the common good. This flowing water reminds us of yesterday’s tears, but also of all the tears still being shed today.”

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  • SARA RIFKA

    i hate swearing….so i won’t…..as far as the p e goes…….he belongs 6 feet under hollywood style…..

    • MARK LEWIS BRECKER, Esq.

      SORALA,
      I DIFFER FROM THE POPE PHILOSOPHICALLY [I’m more conservative/traditional] AND THEOLOGICALLY. BUT THERE IS HARDLY ANYONE SO NOT DESERVING OF DEATH AS POPE FRANCIS.
      Moshe Aryeh ben Sh’muel HaKohen

      p.s. The variation between the Imam’s synopsis and full script was a distinction without a difference [and rooted so Judaically that I would conclude that he is a Sunni].

  • Salomon S Mizrahi

    Why they didn´t invited Barbra Streisand to sing Avini Malkenu? The Pope would shed tears!

  • Elissa Fuchs

    Rabbi Cosgrove wrong. The Islamic-Supremacist-Jihadists who murdered over 3,000 people on 9-11 screamed Allahu Akbar! What God permits lying-Taqiyya? Islamic-Jihadists are a death cult. The Pope missed an opportunity to confront the genocide of Christians & other “infidels” occurring throughout the middle east.

  • Abot Bensussen

    Cantor Azi Schwartz was wonderful, full of feeling, so sincere and beautiful. I’ve never heard better. He represented our Jewish brethren so well.

  • Vera Gara

    I have great respect for Pope Francis Ovinu Malkenu Our Father our King forgive us as we are all sinners and lets try to make lasting peace with each other for the sake of our children grand children and future generation I feel that this Pope can help us to achieve that Thank you. Vera Gara

  • charleston

    If someone found this service ’emotional’ it was not me. I was creepy.

    The imam once again deliberately misrepresented the koranic verse..5:32..which he quoted as…

    if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.

    which actually reads:

    On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.

    ….imam come to this holy place and lies

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