Detroit's Archbishop Calls for Special Prayers; Maida 'Horrified' by Terrorist Attacks

Sep 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Archdiocese of Detroit

    DETROIT, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Reacting to Tuesday's horrific events,
 Detroit's archbishop, Cardinal Adam Maida, is asking parishes in the
 archdiocese to consider opening their church buildings for quiet prayer and/or
 brief services to pray for the attack victims, their families, our country and
 our world.
     At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.
 for meetings on Tuesday, the cardinal issued the following statement:
     "Life in America has been changed forever.  I am horrified by the
 magnitude and brutality of the hijackings and subsequent terrorist attacks in
 New York City and at the Pentagon.  Together with the priests and people of
 the Archdiocese of Detroit, I grieve for those whose lives have been changed
 forever by these terrible atrocities.  We recognize the yeoman's task that
 faces rescue and medical personnel in the affected areas.  In whatever way
 possible, the archdiocese stands ready to offer its support when and where
     "This is a time to come together as a human family, as American citizens,
 and as members of the Church of Detroit to pray for the victims ... for their
 families ... for our country ... and for our world."
                     --  Statement from Cardinal Adam Maida
                             Archbishop of Detroit
     There are 310 worship sites in the Archdiocese of Detroit, which covers
 6-counties in southeast Michigan.  There are 1.4-million Catholics in the
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