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From His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan:  
As New Yorkers came to realise the awful scale of the attack, many of the city's Catholics turned to Cardinal Egan for guidance:
September 11, 2001 has been a day of tragedy here in the City of New York, in our nation’s capital, and across the land. We here in New York have been dealing with this tragedy as best we could from 9:00 in the morning until now, when the skies are darkening and we have an opportunity to reflect on what has happened. These are what I hope and trust will be the reflections of the noble, courageous citizenry of New York City. First, we are not afraid. We are a courageous people living and working under the guidance and with the love of Divine Providence. Secondly, we remain at peace in the face of the tragedy that has beset us. Our peace is grounded in that confident trust in providence. Finally, we call for justice. We insist that those who have committed this crime be called before the courts of civilized people. We must not, however, allow our pursuit of justice to descend into sentiments of hate and retaliation. Today I have witnessed the generosity and heroism of the police officers, fire fighters and health care professionals of the City of New York. They have been an inspiration to me, and I am confident they are that for all of my fellow New Yorkers. To the families of those who have died we extend our heartfelt sympathy. They and their loved ones are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Likewise, all who are injured may be sure that we hold them in our hearts and look forward to their complete and speedy recovery. To the President of these United States and his administration, to the Mayor of the City of New York and his administration, and to the Mayor of the City of Washington, D.C. and his administration, we express our loyalty and promise our support at this difficult time. With the help of our God and united as free men and women under God, we wipe away our tears, roll up our sleeves, do what needs to be done, and look confidently to the future.

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