Archbishop: Oklahoma City remains ‘beacon of hope’ 20 years after bomb

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April 20, 2015

Woman stands at memorial on 20th  anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

A woman at an April 19 ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing stands in the middle of the 168 chairs representing the dead at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The city and surrounding community found comfort in God after the bombing that in turn inspired a “generous spirit” among “many people who took time to care and to comfort one another,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley. (CNS photo/Larry W. Smith, EPA)

OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) — Oklahoma City and the surrounding community found comfort in God after the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building and that inspired a “generous spirit” among “many people who took time to care and to comfort one another,” Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said April 19.

That “spirit of caring and kindness” has come to be called “the Oklahoma Standard,” the archbishop said, praying at a service to mark the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until 9/11.

“In our darkest hour, you revealed your presence in countless ways as ‘Emmanuel,’ ‘God with us.’ You are with us still,” added Archbishop Coakley, who heads the Oklahoma City Archdiocese.

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