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National Prayer Breakfast

Mark Kelly: 'Gabby survives'

"I hadn't been a big believer in fate until recently. I thought the world just spins and the clock just ticks, and things happen for no particular reason," said astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning.

Giffords is improving after being shot in the head in what authorities call an assassination attempt Jan. 8, he said:

"Thankfully, miraculously, Gabby survives."

"The last month has been the hardest time of my life, and the hardest time of my family's life," Kelly said, speaking at the Washington, D.C., gathering.

"Gabby's community in Tucson, my community in Tucson, the people of Tucson are suffering. Suffering deeply, but suffering together," he said.

"I can only hope—and I told Gabby the other night—that maybe it's possible that this is just one small part (of a larger plan)," said Kelly. "Maybe something good can come from all this."

"The people of Arizona have turned that place into a place of prayer," he said,  speaking of the spontaneous memorial in front of University Medical Center, calling it "a place with heaven itself as a ceiling."

"You don't need a church, a temple or a mosque to pray. You don’t even need a building or walls. You pray where you are," he said.

Six were killed and 13 others wounded in the shootings at a Northwest Side shopping center where Giffords held a "Congress On Your Corner" meet and greet the morning of Jan. 8.

Jared Lee Loughner faces federal charges, and likely future state charges, in the shootings, authorities said.

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