Pope Francis in New York City

Pope Francis at United Nations

Pope Francis and Cardinal Dolin

Pope Francis at 9-11 Memorial Museum

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Pope Francis at 9-11 Museum

Muslim at Inter-faith Ceremony

Hindu meditation

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Hindu meditation (2)

Participants on stage with Pope Francis

Buddhist meditation

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Buddhist meditation (2)

Sik meditation

Orthodox read scripture

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Unknown speaker meditation

Another unknown

Another unknown faith meditation

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Youth choir

Pope Francis with other participants

Jewish prayer for the dead

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Inter-faith service is almost over

The end of Inter-faith service

Pope Francis crest

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First: The Pope speaking at the United Nations. Second: Pope Francis participates in Interfaith ceremony at the 9-11 Memorial Museum. ~~ Click each picture to enlarge for better viewing. The pictures are irregular sizes because I “cropped” them for emphasis on television screen and not cabinetry around television set. With twenty-twenty hindsight, I should have set the camera up on a tripod.  

During the Interfaith service, the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi was read–and The Beatitudes. Both are listed below. A Youth Choir sang Let There Be Peace On Earth.

The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to Francis Bernadone, perhaps the most universally loved of Christian saints, who was born in Assisi, Italy, in 1181 or 1182. At the age of twenty-­two, after a sudden illness that brought him almost to the point of death, he left his home and inheritance to follow an injunction that he felt he received from Christ himself: “Francis, go and rebuild my Church.” Three great Franciscan orders quickly grew around the monks, nuns, and lay disciples who responded to his joyful example of universal love and selfless service.

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THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

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Let There Be Peace On Earth

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With God as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
With peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.
Let there be peace on earth
The peace that was meant to be.
With god as our father
Brothers all are we.
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow.
To take each moment
And live each moment
In peace eternally.
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

 

 

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