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(RNS) Thursday's service marked nearly a year since a massacre took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Americans from a spectrum of faiths prayed, sang and testified about a gun violence epidemic they said is poisoning the nation's soul.


  1. Too bad they didn’t pray for and address the real issue…. Mental illness.

    Just another misguided political statement. The victims deserved better.

  2. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Funny, no mention of the effect blood drenched media has in our culture–or its roll in triggering mentally ill people. Sadly it is the same side of the political spectrum that defends blood and gore as a media right and threw the mentally ill out on the streets as the latest “liberal” reform swept America a few years ago.
    At the end the crowd shouted: “We will not be silent.”
    But many anti-gun activists are certainly silent when it comes to taking on Big Media. The silence is sometimes deafening on that subject as it was apparently at this event and in this article.