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Thousands March to WTC Site

March 29, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Walking behind a simple, wooden cross, thousands of worshippers marked Good Friday with a solemn march from a Brooklyn cathedral to a church near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

``This time of the year is a time to look back and a time to look forward,″ Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the group.

Firefighter John Bartlett led the procession, carrying the wooden cross. He lost 343 fellow firefighters in the attacks.

At the site where the World Trade Center stood, recovery workers kept to their task Friday. That morning, the remains of a police detective killed in the attacks were carried from the site by a police honor guard.

``We are upset. We are depressed. We are angry at all that’s happened,″ auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Catanello told the crowd of marchers. ``God understands. But we are also a people of hope.″

The march was organized by the Communion of Liberation, a worldwide, lay Catholic movement.

``I think it’s a time of communion with something that we experienced at a distance,″ said Simone Varva, a 23-year-old law student from Milan, Italy.

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