Sydney Archdiocese REPORT:
2 Sep 2011
The Archbishop of Sydney, His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, will host an Interfaith Memorial Service for families, friends and colleagues from Australia and the United States of America to mark the 10th anniversary of September 11.
The service will begin at 4.00pm on Sunday, September 11 at St Mary's Cathedral.
The service will also be attended by Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, Senior Rabbi The Great Synagogue, Sydney; Sheikh Dr Mohammed Anas, Zetland Mosque, Sydney as well as Mr Niels Marquardt, Consul General, United States of America.
The former Consul General, New York, Mr Ken Allen will also be attending along with Mr John Howard who was the Australian Prime Minister at the time of the tragedy.
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 two hijacked commercial airliners were crashed into the 110-floor Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. A third hijacked airliner was crashed into the Pentagon.
A fourth plane, believed destined for the Pentagon or White House, was crashed into a field by the hijackers when crew and passengers tried to seize control from the hijackers.
In all nearly 3,000- people died along with the 19 hijackers.
Kin New York, three buildings in the World Trade Center complex collapsed - the South Tower, the North Tower and the nearby 7 World Trade Center building.
Ten Australian families of 9/11 victims will attend the St Mary's Cathedral Interfaith Memorial Service.
Following a welcome message, guests will be asked to join in silent prayer and reflection.
There will also be a quiet tolling of bells and lighting of candles for each Australian victim.
Mindful of our shared responsibility for justice and peace, Cardinal Pell will offer a prayer before remarks from Rabbi Lawrence and Sheikh Dr Mohammed Anas.
Allo are invited to attend the memorial service with general entry via the main southern door.