Mass at NYC church damaged on 9/11

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, left, and Cardinal Edward Egan, former archbishop of New York, stand together as they look at a plaque at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, near the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

September 11, 2011 6:25:45 PM PDT
Archbishop Dolan and his predecessor, Cardinal Edward Egan, held an open Mass at a church that was damaged on 9/11.

Debris from planes and buildings hit St. Peter's during the terrorist attacks.

Dolan said Sunday that the church "became a sanctuary of prayer, refuge, outreach, mourning and healing."

Adds Dolan: "On a day we could have cursed, we rather prayed."

Egan said "evil had its moment of triumph" on that day, leaving an "anniversary that stings and sears the soul."

But he witnessed heroism by doctors, police, firefighters and other emergency workers.

Egan said that for days and weeks, New York "became a huge outdoor house of worship," marked by heroism, "total selflessness" and "a love of neighbor."