NEW YORK (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in New York City Monday morning for the reopening plans of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center.
The church is located in Liberty Park and overlooks the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The church replaces a church of the same name that was destroyed on September 11, 2001. That original church was located on Cedar Street.
“His eminence said he would make it a priority to get it done and we are here today, not just blessing, but opening our hearts and opening our minds, and feeling the spirit of love and faith that St. Nicholas will bring to this entire state,” Gov. Cuomo said.
“Nearly twenty years ago, our Saint Nicholas fell with thousands of our fellow human beings lost in the ashes of 9/11, and countless others wounded in body, heart, and soul by a savage act of hatred and terror,” said Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. “We cannot, we must not, and we shall not let this stand. We are going to open the Saint Nicholas Church and National Shrine as a sign of love, not hate; a sign of reconciliation, not of prejudice; and a sign of the ideals that exist in this great American Nation, where one’s religious liberty and freedom of conscience never excludes, but only embraces.”
The original St. Nicholas Church at 155 Cedar Street was the only place of worship that was completely destroyed in the September 11th attacks.
“We are going to build back, just like we did after 9/11,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Now is the time to find our strength, find our solidarity, and say ‘we are going to build back brighter and stronger.”