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October 16, 2001

My Beloved Children,

This past month has been a difficult time in the life of our cities and nation. Many people, old and young, are sad, frightened, and confused because of what has happened on September 11th. Perhaps, you are too.

I want to reassure you that you are loved by our Father in heaven, your family, your priests, and your teachers. In the Bible we read that Jesus Christ asked for the children to be brought to him, and he held them and blessed them (Matthew 19:13-15). As Christians we know that Christ loves us and that he is with us now, helping us. Also, your priests and your teachers love you and want to help you. If you are sad, frightened, or confused please talk to them. They want you to know the good and beautiful things Christ has for you and all of us. They will pray with you and help you talk to him.

Your family is also concerned about what you are thinking and feeling. Talk to your parents. Join them at home and at church for worship and prayer. In this time when many people have special needs, you can help your family do something nice for another person.

I want you to know that many people care about you, and first of all the Bishops of our Church in America. We all care deeply about your future and your happiness. Best of all, Jesus loves you, and he will take care of you no matter what happens.

My fervent prayers and the rich blessings of our Heavenly Father are with you.

With paternal love in Christ,

†DEMETRIOS
Archbishop of America