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US ambassador to the Vatican reflects on 9/11, aftermath

Catholic World News - September 07, 2011

America has changed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US ambassador to the Vatican told a Vatican Radio audience.

“With each day we learn anew and appreciate the value and the freedoms that we enjoy,” said Ambassador Miguel Diaz. “I think the attacks on 911 made us more aware of how precious freedom is and how precious is the opportunity to just even walk in a street without fear of being attacked and without violence and without bombs dropping on you and your children.”

Diaz recalled how on the day of the 9/11 attacks, when he was teaching at a seminary in Florida, he gathered students and faculty members for prayer. “Those are the times when the voice of reason, when prayer, faith all come together – when communities begin to really…people begin to depend upon each other,” he said.

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