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Obamas make rare trip to church

President Barack Obama holding a baby as he attended Christmas dinner with members of the military at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on Saturday. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Barack Obama holding a baby as he attended Christmas dinner with members of the military at Anderson Hall on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on Saturday. Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Barack Obama and his family made a rare Sunday trip to church last weekend.

The Obamas arrived at St Michael’s Chapel in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in mid-morning. The church is on the Marine Corps base where Mr Obama frequently plays golf and goes to the gym during his Hawaiian holidays.

The Obamas were seated in the first row of the chapel as a band played Joy to the World and parishioners clapped. The celebrant said he was especially thankful this Sunday to have the Obamas in attendance.

Although Mr Obama speaks frequently about his Christian faith, his family rarely attends church services in Washington. The White House says the President has not joined a parish because his appearances would be disruptive to the rest of the congregation.

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