Archbishop Demetrios: “The Church of St. Nicholas Built Again”

By Apostolos Papapostolou

Even though the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, completely destroyed by the Twin Towers’ collapse in Manhattan, on September 11th 2001, is not included in the overall reconstruction plan for the region, it will be “built again, it will constitute a world symbol of prayer and will be open for all people”.

Archbishop Demetrios of America, states to ANA – MPA that “the final decision will be taken in the current year”, stressing that the rebuilding of the temple is unquestionable.

Last February, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America had submitted a lawsuit against the relevant authority, the Port authority of New York and New Jersey, responsible for the development of the location, because its new director revised the initial decision, projecting “various excuses” to prevent the church from being rebuilt, according to Archbishop Demetrios.

On Sunday’s 10th anniversary of September 11, His Eminence noted that “it permanently and irrevocably marked life, not only here in New York, in America, but on a global level.”