Charleston shooting cast a shadow on Wednesday night Bible study tradition

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Senior Pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, speaks to those gathered during the Watch Night service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on December 31, 2012.  Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Randall Hill 
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Senior Pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, speaks to those gathered during the Watch Night service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on December 31, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Randall Hill *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SLAIN-PASTOR, origianlly transmitted on June 18, 2015.

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Pastors who uphold this longstanding study night in their churches will be looking squarely at last week's tragedy through the lens of the Good Book.