By Dan Merica, CNN
Washington (CNN) - The two men locked in an intense campaign for the White House marked one of the rare days that neither has a campaign event by attending church services with their families on Sunday.
President Barack Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, walked across Lafayette Square on an overcast Sunday in the nation's capital to attend mass at St. John's Episcopal Church.
During the sermon, the Rev. Michael Angell spoke about what he called "a summer of violence." He mentioned recent shootings, including the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people late last month and the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that killed six people earlier this month.
Readings during the service included Ephesians 5 and John 6. The first family took Communion from Angell following the sermon.
By Athena Jones, CNN
Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will travel to Wisconsin Thursday to meet with family members of those killed and injured in a Sikh temple shooting earlier this month, White House officials confirmed Sunday.
The shooting - which left six people dead and four others injured - occurred August 5 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The shooter, identified by police as 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page, was shot to death by police responding to the Sunday morning attack.
At a memorial service for the shooting victims, Attorney General Eric Holder labeled the attack on the temple "an act of terrorism, an act of hatred, a hate crime" - the strongest denunciation of the rampage by a federal law enforcement official.
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