Attendees at Vigil Pray for Shooting Victims, Healing in Community

Attendees at Vigil Pray for Shooting Victims, Healing in Community

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Posters of the 14 people killed in a Dec. 2 mass shooting at social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., are displayed during a Dec. 7 vigil in San Bernardino. Many vigils were being held for the victims around San Bernardino, including a Dec. 7 interfaith service at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters)
Posters of the 14 people killed in a Dec. 2 mass shooting at social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., are displayed during a Dec. 7 vigil in San Bernardino. Many vigils were being held for the victims around San Bernardino, including a Dec. 7 interfaith service at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters)
Posters of the 14 people killed in a Dec. 2 mass shooting at social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., are displayed during a Dec. 7 vigil in San Bernardino. Many vigils were being held for the victims around San Bernardino, including a Dec. 7 interfaith service at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. (CNS photo/Patrick T. Fallon, Reuters)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (CNS) — Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral was dark as men and women of different faiths walked down the center aisle of the mission-revival-style church. The names of the 14 victims of the Dec. 2 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino were read by an unseen woman, with an equal number of 6-inch white candles lit on a table before the altar. And the haunting high voice of a soloist sang the civil rights theme “We Shall Overcome.” More than 400 gathered in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s mother church for an evening vigil Dec. 7. They came to pray for the slaughtered and 21 injured in what President Barack Obama has called a terrorist attack in this city, some 65 miles east of Los Angeles along Route 66. A place that still considers itself a small town now confronting an unimaginable evil. After welcoming the interfaith congregation to his church, Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino said he and his fellow religious leaders were there to “walk with” the families and friends of the victims in their pain, anger, sorrow and confusion. “We know that we cannot go back to the way things were before this horrible tragedy occurred,” he said in English and Spanish. “We can’t forget. We have to be brave as we seek healing and strength.”