In what is likely to be a memorable event, Pope Francis is scheduled to lead a Multireligious Meeting for Peace inside the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City on Friday. The program is expected to include an address by the pope, and prayers and meditations from various religious traditions.
The service is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. EDT and run until 3:30 p.m. Members of the 9/11 community -- including victims’ families, survivors, rescuers, recovery workers, first responders and people from the Lower Manhattan neighborhood -- were able to participate in a lottery for the opportunity to attend the event. The live stream of the service can be found here.
Pope Francis is scheduled pay his respects to the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. After viewing the memorial, the pope is expected to lead the Multireligious Meeting for Peace inside the Foundation Hall of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where he will gather with local representatives of the world's major religions to give a common witness of peace.
"Pope Francis' visit to the Memorial and Museum will be a special moment for our city. The Memorial and Museum are on track to welcome more than 6.5 million visitors this year, and we're deeply honored that Pope Francis will be among them," said former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the 9/11 Memorial’s chairman, Gothamist reported. “His visit will also serve as a marker for how far the World Trade Center has come since Pope Benedict XVI visited the site seven years ago, when it was still an open hole in the ground and closed off to the public. Now, it is a beautiful and inspiring place, a symbol of our rebirth and resilience that is full of life, and that honors the victims of the attacks and tells their stories to the world."