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After Boston bombing, swift help, comfort, and a resolve to keep running

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Within hours of the attack, a prayer gathering had been organized in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass.

By Tuesday, the list of churches holding similar events was fast multiplying. And “#prayforBoston” was one of the most popular tags among people posting on the social network Twitter.

As world leaders denounced the attack and offered condolences, Pope Francis said he prayed that all Bostonians “will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good,” Voice of America reported Tuesday.

Thousands of people in Boston offered to open their homes to any runners without a place to stay. They added their names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and short messages to a Google spreadsheet, letting people know what they had to offer.

A woman staying at a hotel for work offered to share her colleague’s room to make hers available. “It's not super fancy, but there's a clean king-sized bed and a hot shower,” she wrote. “Happy to help anyone who needs a place to stay for the night.”

Various funds sprouted up to support victims and their families – including the family of 8-year-old Martin.

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