Pontiff on 9/11 Anniversary: Reject Violence as a Solution

ANCONA, Italy, SEPT. 11, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today remembered the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States, taking the occasion to call on nations and people to reject attempts to solve problems with violence.

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The Pope is in Ancona, Italy, for the 25th National Eucharistic Congress. He recalled the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in a brief address after he celebrated the concluding Mass of the congress and before praying the midday Angelus.

«In remembering to the Lord of Life the victims of the attacks carried out that day and their families, I invite the leaders of nations and men of good will to always reject violence as a solution to problems, to resist the temptation to hatred and to act in society, inspired by the principles of solidarity, justice and peace,» the Holy Father said.

The Pontiff also noted how Ancona is near Loreto. Tradition holds that the home in which Mary dwelled in Nazareth was carried by angels and is kept t the Loreto shrine.

"The Angelus prayer invites us to mirror ourselves in Mary Most Holy to contemplate the abyss of love from which the Sacrament of the Eucharist comes,» the Pope said. «Thanks to the Virgin’s ‘fiat,’ the Word became flesh and came to dwell among us.»

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