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World Trade Center Cross Moved to Permanent Home
The Church Report ^ | July 24, 2011

Posted on 07/24/2011 4:37:07 PM PDT by NYer


The September 11 cross is lowered by crane into a subterranean section of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Saturday, July 23, 2011 in New York.

NEW YORK  -- A cross-shaped steel beam found amid the wreckage in the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack was a symbol of hope for many working on rescue and recovery there, so much so that the construction worker who discovered it believes he stumbled on to a miracle.

"I saw Calvary in the midst of all the wreckage, the disaster," Frank Silecchia recalled Saturday. "It was a sign ... that God didn't desert us."

The 2-ton, 20-foot-high T-beam has now become a religious relic. It was taken from its temporary post near a church Saturday and lowered 70 feet down into the bowels of where the twin towers once stood to become part of the exhibit at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

But for all the religious fervor surrounding the cross, it will become part of the museum because of its history at ground zero, not because of its Christian symbolism, museum officials said.

"It's powerful because it provided comfort to so many people - it is a part of the history of the space," said Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation.

He said steel girders made into other makeshift crosses, Stars of David and possibly some Eastern religious symbols would also become part of the museum, which will open in 2012 and will be primarily underground at the site. The memorial will open this year, on the 10th anniversary of the attack.

"It's important to have these artifacts that reflect the history, to remember, to see how people coped," he said.

For Rev. Brian Jordan, the Roman Catholic priest who led the effort to preserve the cross, it is very much a symbol of Christianity - sacrifice, loss and renewal, he said. Jordan celebrated Mass under the cross for weeks - and members of many different religions took part.

"No one was turned away," he said. "Not only did I practice what I preached, I preached what I practiced."

The rusted, twisted metal beams were dear to Jordan partly because his mentor, Rev. Mychal F. Judge, chaplain of the city's fire department, died just feet from where it was found while helping people on Sept. 11. In 2006, the cross was lifted from the site and transplanted to a spot nearby at the oldest Roman Catholic parish in New York City, St. Peter's, where it remained until a flatbed truck took it to a nearby park for a blessing, and then on to the World Trade Center site.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, along with about 200 emergency workers and families of victims who died in the attack, joined Jordan for a blessing ceremony before the cross was moved.

"This was such an important part of how people dealt with Sept. 11," said Giuliani. "The night of the Sept. 11, we asked people to be stronger," he said. "And I believe New York is stronger today than it was then. Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg and Commissioner (Raymond) Kelly have made sure we're safer now. We're better prepared."

Mike Williams, whose son Kevin died in the twin towers, placed a baseball in honor of his son in a nook inside the cross in the days after the attack. The family, all avid ballplayers, started a foundation that sends kids to baseball camps

"Sometimes I can't believe it's been 10 years," he said. "It seems sometimes like it was two weeks ago."

The cross was loaded into a flatbed truck and hauled about a block to the construction site. A horn sounded to alert crews that something was overhead as the cross was slowly lifted by a giant white-and-red crane. It was turned counterclockwise and made slow, steady movement toward a rectangular hole in the concrete.

The only sound was the whir of construction machinery as the cross was slowly lowered 70 feet, through the metal work that will be the ceiling of the museum, past black vents and twisted wiring, to the bottom. It looked like a coffin being lowered into a grave.

But Jordan and the others think it's a turning point, and not a time for sadness.

"This is one of the most cathartic moments I have felt in my entire life," he said. "I feel a relief in the sense that I know it's found a permanent home, and for many of those who lost loved ones on that day, it is a relief for them, too." (AP)



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; 911cross; cross; wtc; wtccross

1 posted on 07/24/2011 4:37:10 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Liz; Sun; The Mayor

Ping!


2 posted on 07/24/2011 4:38:28 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

>lowered 70 feet down into the bowels

That is what NYC thinks of Christ’s symbol.


3 posted on 07/24/2011 4:39:24 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: NYer

Ten years and just think we have a Muslim in the White house God Bless the USA


4 posted on 07/24/2011 4:39:36 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: NYer

From that pic, you can’t tell what it is.
Need a good pic of cross.


5 posted on 07/24/2011 4:40:52 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: NYer

it will be there until some muslim group or a libtard mayor decides it offends them, and POS Bloomberg will have it covered, or removed long before that.....


6 posted on 07/24/2011 4:41:51 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: omega4179

I was thinking the same thing. The politicians are going to bury the Cross out of site.


7 posted on 07/24/2011 4:49:27 PM PDT by RC2
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To: NYer

I think there is a museum of sorts down there for many items pulled from the rubble. Can’t remember where I read it, but just saw it recently. Anyone see it?


8 posted on 07/24/2011 4:56:20 PM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: NYer
He said steel girders made into other makeshift crosses, Stars of David and possibly some Eastern religious symbols would also become part of the museum, which will open in 2012 and will be primarily underground at the site.

Wake up, America.
9 posted on 07/24/2011 5:02:20 PM PDT by WackySam (Obama got Osama just like Nixon landed on the moon.)
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To: patriot08

Does anyone else think that picture was selected in order to hide the “crossiness” of it?

The MSM practices their bias in pictures as much, if not more than, print.

Years ago Pat Robinson sent “Operation Blessing” trucks to Long Island during a financial downturn. There was a big thing in Freeport where food was handed out. The pictures of the trucks were posed so you could never see the name on the sides, “Operation Blessing”. And if I recall correctly, they never had his name in this large article either. It was blatent.


10 posted on 07/24/2011 5:05:37 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: WackySam

What do Eastern religious symbols have to do with America needing to wake up?


11 posted on 07/24/2011 5:06:33 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
What do Eastern religious symbols have to do with America needing to wake up?

Because in this case I have no doubt that "Eastern religious symbols" is code word for Islam.
12 posted on 07/24/2011 5:13:28 PM PDT by WackySam (Obama got Osama just like Nixon landed on the moon.)
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To: WackySam

Doubtful. Islam is not an “Eastern religion,” and I doubt anyone would refer to Islamic symbols as “Eastern religious symbols.” I’ve certainly never heard them referred to like that before.


13 posted on 07/24/2011 5:23:16 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: NYer
obamanation2
14 posted on 07/24/2011 5:28:03 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: WackySam

No, I think they mean Buddhist and Taoist symbols. Islam isn’t “East”.


15 posted on 07/24/2011 5:38:16 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: patriot08

16 posted on 07/24/2011 5:40:46 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: Nateman


17 posted on 07/24/2011 5:42:33 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: omega4179

That just happens to be the location of the Museum. I’m glad it will be a permanent part of that exhibit.


18 posted on 07/24/2011 5:46:37 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: B4Ranch

19 posted on 07/24/2011 5:51:58 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: omega4179

Ping me if that cross ever sees the light of day again, which will be NEVER if the likes of Obluffer, Hizzonner the Mayor, or any other lefty with any authority have THEIR way.


20 posted on 07/24/2011 6:03:10 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: NYer
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, along with about 200 emergency workers and families of victims who died in the attack, joined Jordan for a blessing ceremony before the cross was moved.

I can see maybe not traveling from Texas to this, several blocks in your own city?

21 posted on 07/24/2011 6:11:11 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: SuziQ

Are you counting on Obama to see to it that the cross gets its rightful respect and display? He might just do that; the day after hell freezes over!

BHO hates American flags so much that he has had all of them REMOVED from behind his desk in the Oval Office. So what do you think a raghead like him thinks about the Cross of Christ?


22 posted on 07/24/2011 6:13:44 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: NYer
...it will become part of the museum because of its history at ground zero, not because of its Christian symbolism, museum officials said.

God forbid!

Whoops! Did I say the "G" word???"

23 posted on 07/24/2011 6:13:57 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: NYer
"I saw Calvary in the midst of all the wreckage, the disaster," Frank Silecchia recalled Saturday. "It was a sign ... that God didn't desert us."

But it's not a religious symbol....... O Vey!

24 posted on 07/24/2011 6:19:02 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: NYer
"I saw Calvary in the midst of all the wreckage, the disaster," Frank Silecchia recalled Saturday. "It was a sign ... that God didn't desert us."

There's a wonderful poetry to that quote.
25 posted on 07/24/2011 6:31:40 PM PDT by andyk (Ron Paul's Fault)
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To: B4Ranch

Thank you very much.
Wow. Did they find that cross just like that? So perfect- or did they rearrange it?


26 posted on 07/24/2011 7:00:29 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: I still care

D*mn libs.


27 posted on 07/24/2011 7:02:39 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: NYer
Three blocks away.
28 posted on 07/24/2011 7:09:22 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: NYer

God left New York a long Time Ago . Witness what is happening there today .


29 posted on 07/24/2011 7:09:48 PM PDT by dbrew2u
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“EU bails out Greece as Greek government spends $15 million to build Athens mosque”
7/24/2011

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2011/07/eu-bails-out-greece-as-greek-government-spends-15-million-to-build-athens-mosque.html


30 posted on 07/24/2011 7:13:40 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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2 out of 3 ain't bad. Now, to make DoD and Congress Shari'a compliant. Conquest? Nah. Right?
31 posted on 07/24/2011 7:16:46 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: dbrew2u

God left New York a long Time Ago . Witness what is happening there today .
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I have worked in downtown Manhattan for over 30 years. God is still here.


32 posted on 07/24/2011 7:21:01 PM PDT by o-n-money
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33 posted on 07/24/2011 7:42:13 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: o-n-money
Sounds to me like they are going to fabricate Stars of David and crescent moons and place them in the same exhibit as this cross. They will pretend that all these so called artifacts were miraculously found in the wreckage as was this cross. The story will be that each non-religious, but historic, icon was preserved through the intervention of some unnamed, universal religion, generic god. They will assert that these fake and the real icons all have the same historical validity.
34 posted on 07/24/2011 7:51:35 PM PDT by cotton
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To: patriot08
Here's a good description of how it all came about.

The Cross at Ground Zero


35 posted on 07/24/2011 8:01:46 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: NYer; Liz

The photographers at www.thechurchreport.com or Christy media are anti christian types. How do I know? That is the sloppiest/sorriest photograph of a cross that I have ever seen. I will bet you a steak dinner that the editor of this article is a democrat.


36 posted on 07/24/2011 8:06:58 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: B4Ranch

Tnx for the link. You’ve given me an idea....whoever’s behind this burial of the Cross does not know much about history. Or, of resurrection.


37 posted on 07/24/2011 8:09:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: cotton

I am not very religious, but I have stopped by the cross and have been in awe of its significance. I think of the people I knew that were in the building. One was a broker on the American Exchange who was part of a monthly dining club we had. Another was a Port Authrity cop that I went to school with for 9 years.


38 posted on 07/24/2011 8:09:38 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: B4Ranch

Wow. Thanks. That’s amazing.
I had heard something about the cross, but I didn’t know all this- that it looked like this!


39 posted on 07/24/2011 8:18:09 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: combat_boots

I was thinking “three days” also.


40 posted on 07/24/2011 9:01:32 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: B4Ranch; NYer; The Mayor; Sun

Beautiful---thanks for posting.

41 posted on 07/25/2011 2:07:23 AM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: NYer

Glory to God bump!


42 posted on 07/25/2011 6:01:06 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: NYer

Glory to God bump!


43 posted on 07/25/2011 6:01:45 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: patriot08; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Need a good pic of cross.


The World Trade Center Cross, made of intersecting steel beams found in the rubble of buildings destroyed in the September 11 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, waits to be blessed by Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan Priest, before it is transported then lifted by a crane and lowered into an opening in the World Trade Center site below ground level where it will become part of the permanent installation exhibit in the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, in New York, July 23, 2011. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site will open on the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011.

44 posted on 07/25/2011 6:36:04 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Put the Towers back!!


45 posted on 07/25/2011 8:52:55 AM PDT by GregB (The Sarah tsunami is on it's way!)
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To: NYer

Expect the ACLU to sue for removal.


46 posted on 07/25/2011 12:38:05 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Tucker39

Obama has nothing to say about the matter. The entity that owns the World Trade Center has decided to make the cross a part of the 9/11 Museum.


47 posted on 07/25/2011 6:24:34 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Liz

Beautiful, and heart-warming, picture!


48 posted on 07/25/2011 7:58:13 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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