- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 26, 2001

From combined dispatches
Thoughts of the September 11 terrorist attacks were in the hearts and minds of those attending Christmas morning services at Washington National Cathedral yesterday.
The Rev. Nathan Baxter, the Episcopal cathedral dean, encouraged parishioners to "keep the victims in mind" and remember their families in prayer.
Mr. Baxter told the packed cathedral the grief and healing continues not only in the Washington area for victims of the Pentagon attack, but also in New York and in Pennsylvania, where the other hijacked planes crashed.
He singled out New York, saying "the pain and tragedies have continued" there, referring to the devastating fire a week ago at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.
Also yesterday, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick continued his busy schedule as he performed his duties during his first Christmas as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington.
He celebrated morning Mass at Saint Elizabeths in Rockville, which was followed by a noon Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Michigan Avenue NE.
Cardinal McCarrick spent part of Christmas Eve at a children's Mass at St. Mary of Piscataway in Clinton, where he told the children what it would be like to have Christ as a brother. The cardinal explained he would "never be mean" and "[would always] play with you."
"Wouldn't it be great to have a brother like that?" the cardinal asked them.


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