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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) The priest whose church was attended by eight of the children fatally shot at a Connecticut elementary school says 20 Newtown mothers have lost some of God's ``most precious gifts.''

Monsignor Robert Weiss celebrated Mass on Christmas morning after a week of consoling parents and burying their children.

Weiss says he told worshippers they could only regain hope and restore trust in their neighbors through Jesus Christ, and expressed hope that the mothers' grief could help bring needed change in America.

At a Newtown memorial to the victims, Maryjane O'Connor said Christmas is ``the birth of Jesus, and we find strength in that.''

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