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Obama, family attend Easter services near the White House

Published on Apr 1, 2013 6:14 AM
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk through Lafayette Park with daughters Sasha(3rd-L) and Malia to St. John's Episcopal Church for Easter Service on March 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama and his family walked to church on Sunday for Easter services across from the White House.

Wishing "Happy Easter" to onlookers, Obama, his wife Michelle, and their daughters Malia and Sasha, strolled through a park to St. John's Church, where they have attended services before.

Their presence at the nearby Episcopal church had not been announced in advance, and the minister, Reverend Dr. Luis Leon, admonished some gawking and picture-taking churchgoers during the service to return to their seats.

Reverend Leon used his sermon to encourage parishoners to look forward and not be stuck in the past, and he added a political edge with criticism of some right-leaning conservative Christians.

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