As world mourns with Newtown, priest offers advice on celebrating Christmas

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — People around the world are grieving with the residents of Newtown, Conn., over the murders of 26 school children and staff, offering their support by sending toys, money and other gifts.

One town hall volunteer describes the outpouring as people "way of grieving" and an effort to reach out to those most directly affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Monsignor Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church says he has been asked frequently how people so shattered should celebrate Christmas. He says hearts "will be broken again on Christmas morning when that one special person is not there to open their gifts." But Weiss urges people to celebrate the day in its truest sense and pray for hope, healing and peace.

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