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Mitt Romney to attend Thursday’s prayer service

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney is planning to attend the interfaith service on Thursday in Boston to honor the victims of this week’s bombings, joining a host of other dignitaries that include Romney’s former rival, President Obama.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was invited to attend the service by Governor Deval Patrick. Patrick invited all former governors to attend, and Bill Weld and Jane Swift are also expected to be at the service. A source close to Romney confirmed that he would be attending the service, which will take place at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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President Obama, who will joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, is planning to speak at the service.

It will be only the second time Romney will be at the same venue with President Obama since the election in November. Shortly after the election, Romney came to the White House for a private lunch with Obama.

In the hours after the attacks on Monday, Romney sent a tweet out from his account saying, “Our hearts are heavy with the news out of Boston today. #PrayforBoston”

Matt Viser can be reached at viser@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mviser.
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