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Salem pastor reflects on aftermath reality



Published: Wed, September 12, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Salem pastor reflectson aftermath reality

SALEM --The Rev. Freddie Rodriguez, pastor of Salem Community Fellowship on North Ellsworth Avenue, said he called a prayer service Tuesday evening as a way to acknowledge "the reality that so many people have passed on."

The Rev. Mr. Rodriguez said many of his parishioners called him after they learned of the attacks.

"There is a lot of fear gripping their hearts," he said. "They have a need to get together and pray."

Bishop Tobin: 'Anotherday of infamy' for U.S.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown reminded people of God's help during a Mass at noon Tuesday at St. Columba Cathedral.

In a statement later, the bishop said, "Sept. 11, 2001, will be remembered as another day of infamy for our nation and a terrible, dark day in the history of our human family. It is hard to imagine the hatred and evil that produced the violence that has been visited upon our land this day.

"In this terrible moment, we are called to embrace one another in solidarity and to reach out to God, knowing he is the unvanquished source of our justice and peace. Someday we will learn that we cannot solve our problems or meet our agendas by acts of violence and the taking of human life," the bishop said.

He asked people to pray for the victims, the United States and its leaders.

Online forumavailable for comfort

CLEVELAND -- The United Church of Christ based in Cleveland set up an online forum Tuesday, saying it would allow its members and others to give and receive mutual support in the aftermath of the attacks. The forum is at www.ucc.org.




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