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Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence 'Epidemic' At National Cathedral

Cathedral tolls funeral bell 28 times for Sandy Hook victims

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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. 


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