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The flag is raised at half-staff at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the victims that died in Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
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The flag is raised at half-staff at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the victims that died in Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown Conn., the dean of the Washington National Cathedral told his congregation Sunday that it's time for the faith community to challenge the gun lobby and press for stricter gun control laws.

"Enough is enough." That was Rev. Gary Hall's message during his Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral.

Hall said it's time for the entire faith community to come together and press the leaders in Washington for gun reform.

"The christian community, indeed the entire the faith community, can no longer tolerate this persistent and escalating gun violence directed at our people," Hall said.

His sermon was consistent with long-standing views of the Episcopal Church. But Hall said in the wake of the tragedy it's now time for the faith community to stand up and confront the gun rights lobby in Washington.

"Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby," said Hall. "But I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

When he finished his sermon, the quiet cathedral erupted into a sustained standing ovation.

Hall became the new dean of the church last July. Shortly after, he wrote an op-ed piece on the future of the National Cathedral. In it he wrote, "the church will expand its role as a convener of conversations and developer of projects concerning our national and interfaith life."

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