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by Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

CLEVELAND — The Connecticut violence was so unspeakable and devastating, people everywhere are having a hard time processing what has happened.

That’s why many church-goers in Cleveland are turning to the power of prayer. Many tell FOX 8 they want to make a difference for all of the people who are hurting right now in Connecticut, and prayer is a very personal and direct way to show love.

A congregation gathered at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland, Saturday evening.  Many of the parishioners and church leadership had heavy hearts when speaking about the tragedy that left so many dead, including 20 children.

“It’s just a very sad thing,” said Joanne Orozco, who attended Mass, Saturday.

Bishop Lennon, of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, released a statement in response to the Connecticut shootings.  It said, in part:

“I ask everyone to remember the victims, their families, and the wider community in your prayers.”

As people sat in church, they reflected on the heroes of Newtown, but also the scars that deadly day will leave behind for so many.

“The teachers were heroes, the ones who were able to shield the children or at least get some out of the

school, but the kids who witnessed it will never be the same,” said Mary Frantz, a parishioner.

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