Cardinal's Initial Response to U.S. Tragedies
posted on 11 September 2001
On hearing of the disasters in New York and Washington, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, said:
'These tragic events in New York and Washington have shocked us all. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the dead and injured.
'I am asking that we remember in our prayers all those who have died, those who were injured, and those who are grieving, as well as those who have been left to cope with the aftermath.'
Earlier today, the Cardinal wrote to His Excellency William S Farish, the American Ambassador of the United States, 'to express my profoundest sympathy to you and the American people at the horrific events of today which have struck at the heart of your nation.' offering prayers for all those affected.
Similarly, he wrote to his brother cardinals in New York and Washington, Cardinal Edward Egan (Archbishop of New York) and Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (Archbishop of Washington) to say that 'my prayers and those of the Catholic community in England and Wales are with you and your people at this time.'
The Mass at 5.30pm in Westminster Cathedral will be offered for all those involved in today's tragic events.