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United States - Message to the churches after the bombing attacks of September 11th

11 September 2001

Sent from the meeting of the Executive Committee, Geneva, 11 September 2001

News of the terrible tragedies in New York and Washington, D.C. has just arrived here in Geneva where the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) is currently meeting.

At their request and on their behalf, and for all our member churches around the world, I wish to express to the people of the United States, their churches and religious bodies, and to the president and other leaders of the nation, our profound shock and our heartfelt sympathy.

You are all in our prayers. We pray especially for the victims of these tragedies and for their families and loved ones. We pray for those providing emergency services. We pray for the leaders of your nation. May God give them courage and wisdom in this terrible hour. We fervently pray that this is the end of terror, and implore those responsible to desist from any further such acts of inhumanity.

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy. Amen.

                                                                                                                                Rev. Dr Konrad Raiser
                                                                                                                                General Secretary