9/11 Memorial: Hindu, Sikh Leaders to Share Stage with Pope Francis

9/11 Memorial where Pope Francis will pray with other faith leaders, September 25 morning
9/11 Memorial where Pope Francis will pray with other faith leaders, September 25 morning

NEW YORK CITY (TIP): A Hindu community leader and two prominent Sikhs will be among a select group of inter-faith leaders who will participate in a prayer service led by Pope Francis during his visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York this week.

Uma Mysorekar, an obstetrician and gynecologist and President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, University at Buffalo Professor Satpal Singh and his daughter Gunisha Kaur will be among the dozen religious leaders to participate in the Multireligious Meeting for Peace presided over by the Pope inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum on Friday.

Joining the Pope will be representatives from Buddhist, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

The Pope will address the gathering and there will be prayers and meditations from various religious traditions.

According to the program, Ms Mysorekar will be joined by Ishanaa Rambachan in reciting the Hindu prayer. Mr. Rambachan is an Associate Principal at global management consulting firm McKinsey and has served on the Hindu American Foundation.

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Mr. Singh is a Founding Trustee of the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations, and the immediate past Chairperson of the World Sikh Council – America Region.

He is actively involved in Catholic-Sikh relations and interfaith dialogues on diversity and peace-making.

An author and speaker on human rights issues, Singh conducts an annual summer-long research program at the University of Cambridge.

Ms Kaur, an active member of the Sikh community, is the Director of the Department of Anesthesiology’s Global Health Initiative.

Pope Francis will visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum as part of the pontiff’s first trip to America, becoming the fourth leader of the Roman Catholic Church to visit the US.

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