Obama speaks at interfaith service for shooting victims

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Quoting Scripture at an interfaith service for the victims of Friday's school shootings in Connecticut, President Barack Obama has called for an America that protects its children.

Amid Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Baha'i prayers for the 20 slain children, Obama recalled that Jesus welcomed little children and told his apostles that "to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."

Monsignor Robert Weiss, pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, asked God to replace America's "culture of death" with a "culture of life." Weiss's church is preparing for eight children's funerals this week.

Before the Sunday night service at Newtown High School, Obama met privately with families of the victims and with the emergency personnel who responded to the shootings.

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