Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence 'Epidemic' At National Cathedral | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence 'Epidemic' At National Cathedral

Cathedral tolls funeral bell 28 times for Sandy Hook victims

Play associated audio
The National Cathedral will honor the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. with 28 consecutive funeral bell tolls.
Patrick Madden
The National Cathedral will honor the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. with 28 consecutive funeral bell tolls.

Religious leaders representing a broad range of faiths gathered at this morning to remember the lives lost in the Connecticut school shooting and to call for an end to gun violence. 

An interfaith group of religious leaders lifted their collective voices to god this morning at the National Cathedral. Reverends, rabbis, imams, pastors and bishops will ask President Obama and Congress to act swiftly and end "the national epidemic of gun violence." 

At 9:30 a.m., the cathedral's funeral bell tolled 28 times for the innocents of Sandy Hook, and other churches throughout the area and the country echoed that mournful sound.

Also this morning, the National Rifle Association will hold a press conference in Washington. The gun rights lobbying organization is expected to address for the first time the massacre in Connecticut. 

NPR

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.