The Rev. A. R. Bernard, pastor of New York City's largest church and president of the Churches of the City of New York that represents 1.5 million Christians, called the multi-religious worship experience with Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum an "amazing experience." He also addressed concerns some Christians might have about "the concept of the papacy."
"I will tell you, it was beautiful, it was deep, it was moving and I think with the backdrop of 9/11 where it was religious extremism that created that situation and brought America to a whole new place in this country, as that being the backdrop and to have religious leaders from around the world, in terms of the religious expressions around the world, coming together like that was very, very special," Bernard said, reflecting on the Sept. 25 gathering during a broadcast of his radio program.
Bernard also revealed that he was chosen to greet Benedict XVI on behalf of the Protestant community when the then-pope visited New York City in 2008. The pastor of the 37,000-member Christian Cultural Center marveled that "here it is seven years later and I have the opportunity to actually go from greeting to worshipping with the new pontiff, Pope Francis." more >>
Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has pulled its commercials featuring Steve Rannazzisi after news about the comedian's 9/11 lie erupted.
On Thursday, Buffalo Wild Wings announced that it would no longer air commercials featuring the actor. The restaurant chain's move came after Steve Rannazzisi admitted in public that he lied about being a survivor of the attacks on New York's World Trade Center (WTC) on Sept. 11, 2001, according to Reuters.
In 2009, the star of "The League" comedy series told podcast host Marc Maron that he was working at the Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the WTC in New York when the buildings were hit by planes hijacked by terrorists. The 37-year-old actor said he felt the impact of the plane's crash into the first tower and rushed outside to check it out, the Chicago Tribune reports. more >>
NEW YORK — Marine turned Army chaplain the Rev. David W. Peters, who won Trinity Wall Street's 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize, urged New Yorkers on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday, to learn how to reconcile and put the lesson into practice.
Speaking at the St. Paul's Chapel which forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, Peters delivered a sermon titled "Learning War and Reconciliation" in which he declared: "Jesus makes it clear, you don't do forgiveness you have to be forgiveness. You don't do reconciliation, you have to be reconciliation."
Peters, 39, is a resident of Texas where he is studying for a master of arts in religion degree at the Seminary of the Southwest. He is also curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas. more >>
On the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks a man was allegedly planning to set off a bomb at a memorial event. Fortunately, FBI agents were able to apprehend the suspect early Thursday morning before he caused any damage. Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, of Orange Park, Florida, is now facing up to 20 years behind bars for the alleged plot to bomb the Kansas City Stair Climb in Kansas City, Missouri.
Golberg was charged with "distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass detsruction," according to court documents. The man had been communicating with a group of five others online about the bomb and told one — an FBI informant — to "put as much sharp stuff as you can in there" and to "use shards of metal and nails."
A similar kind of bomb was used at the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 others in 2013, U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley III told station WJXT. The information, along with his instructions to place the bomb at the Kansas City Stair Climb, was enough to make an arrest. more >>
Countless people were forever changed by the terrorist attacks that took place 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. And today, some of America's beloved entertainers are sharing how close to home the tragedy almost hit.
Mark Wahlberg, the 44-year old actor from "Transformers: Age of Extinction," was expected to be a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 14 years ago. Although he was scheduled to get on that flight from Boston to Los Angeles, he opted to attend a film festival and boarded a chartered flight instead.
Years later, the Christian actor said he still has dreams about what could have taken place had he boarded that flight. more >>
NEW YORK — At 8:46 a.m. on Friday, the exact time when the first plane crashed into 1 World Trade Center, North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, the Rev. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street church, rang the Bell of Hope in the churchyard of the historic St. Paul's Chapel. The chapel forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
He rang the bell in a solemn pattern of "four fives," the traditional firefighters' salute to the fallen, as a small gathering of people quietly bowed their heads as he remembered the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 on the 14th anniversary of 9/11.
To remember the fallen, the bell, which was gifted to New York City in 2002 by the city of London, has been rung each year on 9/11 since the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. more >>