- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Pope Francis spent a busy day in New York on Friday, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, traveling to the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, visiting a school, making a procession through Central Park and then celebrating Mass at Madison Square Garden.

At the U.N., he warned that the “selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity” has allowed the rich to ravage the Earth.

He later prayed at the memorial to the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, spoke briefly to a hand-picked group of victims’ family members and then participated in an interfaith service at the underground Sept. 11 museum at the trade center site.

“I trust that our presence together will be a powerful sign of our shared desire to be a force for reconciliation, peace and justice in this community and throughout the world,” Francis said.

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