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Washington, DC, May 3, 2011

Building a World of Compassion


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Washington, D.C.—Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III has released the following statement in response to the death of Osama bin Laden.

We at the National Cathedral share with our fellow Americans a sense of relief that Osama bin Laden's life of hatred and violence is over. For years he spread destruction, death, and terrible distortions of his own Islamic faith, and as the mastermind behind 9/11 and the founder of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda his name will live in infamy. We give profound thanks for the courage and skill of our nation's leaders and our military who have given us a world that is safer for everyone.

As followers of the Prince of Peace, however, we Christians regret profoundly the necessity of this killing. As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." We recommit ourselves as a people of faith to building a world of compassion and interfaith understanding and continuing to work tirelessly for peace and reconciliation in every dimension of our lives.

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Washington National Cathedral is a church for national purposes called to embody God’s love and to welcome people of all faiths and perspectives. A unique blend of the spiritual and the civic, this Episcopal cathedral is a voice for generous-spirited Christianity and a catalyst for reconciliation and interfaith dialogue to promote respect and understanding. We invite all people to share in our commitment to create a more hopeful and just world.

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