Meditate with Fr. Mario

Published on 08 September 2016

9/11 Memory and Light

Friar Mario Conte, editor of the Messenger of Saint Anthony, prays for all the victims of terrorism, violence and war at the 9/11 Commemorative Monument in Padua, Italy.

On September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks launched against the United States and the free world was unprecedented in terms of savagery and brutality. Every year on this date, we commemorate the lives of those who died so tragically: people who were simply working in the World Trade Centre, or who perished in the attempt to save them.

Here in Padua, the city of St. Anthony, we are very proud to possess a monument dedicated to the tragedy of 9/11 called Memory and Light. It is a symbolic representation of a twofold necessity: first, to be mindful of the evils of fanaticism and hatred, secondly, to never lose faith in the values of solidarity, peace, justice and equality, just like St. Anthony taught us all those centuries ago.

The friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua will pray for you and with you that God, trough the intercession of St. Anthony, may look upon all the victims of terrorism, violence and war, and give us the strength to be courageous witnesses of non-violence, human solidarity and peace.

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