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New Yorkers Pray for Safe Return of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls at Service

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Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered Tuesday to pray for the safe return of the 276 kidnapped Nigerian school girls.

The Collegiate Churches of New York held the service on the eve of the one-month mark since the abductions.

The first 276 people to arrive at the service were given numbers to symbolize each of the kidnapped girls.

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders led the prayers.

"Our prayer is for their safe return, and also a recognition that there is violence perpetrated against girls and women really all around the world," said the Rev. Robert Chase, a founding director of Intersections International. "This particular incidence just simply brought it to the surface."

"We're asking that our government sign a global peace-making treaty to say that we're going to stand up for women and girls," said the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, senior minister of the Middle Collegiate Church.

The terror group Boko Haram says it wants its imprisoned members released in exchange for the girls' freedom.

The U.S. and other countries are giving intelligence support to help the Nigerian government find the girls.

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