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Canonize 9/11 heroes

To the editor:

Your headline article in the May edition: "New Saints: New York’s Finest" immediately brought to mind New York City fire fighters and police who displayed such courage on 9/11 and who gave their own lives in attempting to save the lives of others. Before reading the article I thought: how wonderful that the Church will canonize all of these heroes as saints through martyrdom. These heroic men and women were indeed martyrs and deserve to be canonized as such.

Perhaps "martyrdom for humanity" is deserving of sainthood at 9/11 and everywhere else such martyrdom occurs irrespective of religion.

Can you imagine how much good the Church would accomplish if the Pope would come to the 9/11 site and confer canonization on all those courageous men and women who marched to their deaths to save fellow human beings on this memorable day.

Robert P. Cavalier
Elmira

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