US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle joined a congregation of around 2,000 people in Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross for an interfaith service for the victims of the Boston marathon bombing.
Speaking during the service, Obama said: “We may be momentarily knocked off our feet. But we’ll pick ourselves up. We’ll keep going. We will finish the race.
“May God hold close those who have been taken from us too soon, may he comfort their families and may he continue to watch over these United States of America.”
Politicians and celebrities attended Thursday’s special service, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and actor Bradley Cooper.
There were performances by the Boston Cathedral of the Holy Cross choir, the Boston Children’s Chorus and American cellist Yo-yo Ma.