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April 19, 2013 AT 10:02 AM
Faith leaders gathered at an interfaith service in Boston on Thursday to commemorate those who died and were injured in the bombing at the Boston Marathon. “Scripture tells us to ‘run with endurance the race that is set before us,’” President Obama said at the service. “As we do, may God hold close those who’ve been taken from us too soon.” The President spoke with Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim clergy at Cathedral of the Holy Cross. “[The service] spoke to the values that all faiths share, the values of kindness, compassion, helping one another, the importance of community,” said the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, who attended the service. Previously, Peter Stetzel spoke on working for a nonviolent world after the tragedy. Odyssey Networks in a non-profit media organization dedicated to building bridges of understanding between people of faith. Visit OdysseyNetworks.org to support our work and learn more.