- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

ABINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A widow of the 9/11 attacks caught only a glimpse of Pope Francis in New York, but it was one that touched the Massachusetts woman more than she could have imagined.

Christie Coombs told the Boston Herald (https://bit.ly/1iBRc0A ) she briefly saw the pope Friday before he led an interfaith service at the 9/11 memorial. She said it was a poignant experience.

“You never find closure,” said Coombs, whose husband, Jeff, was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston that was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. “But there’s definitely comfort.”

Coombs, of Abington, scored a place at the memorial in a lottery and said it was an honor to be at the ceremony, in which the pope noted the “senseless” loss of life and praised the heroism exhibited that day.

“You take these unique opportunities that come along the way because of the way Jeff died, and you embrace them,” she said. “Because you can’t make Jeff come back. You can only make the process a little more bearable.”

Coombs has created a memorial in her husband’s name and worked with Boston Marathon bombing victims.

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Information from: Boston Herald, https://www.bostonherald.com


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