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Bush Says Prayer Speaks to True Strength of America

President Bush says prayer speaks to the true strength of America.

In remarks at the 55th annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday, Mr. Bush said although citizens of the United States come from many faiths, Americans share a profound conviction in their beliefs.

He hailed U.S. servicemembers in war zones around the world, and hailed America as a nation that produces courageous men and women willing to defend their country.

Earlier, the keynote speaker Dr. Francis Collins said the separation of religion and science are not different ideas, but rather, complementary.

A leader of the genome project to identify human DNA, Collins said scientific breakthroughs now provide the world with an unprecedented opportunity to solve many of the major health problems facing the planet.

The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event attended by the president, members of the U.S. Congress and leaders from around the world.