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A gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and injured 53 at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, June 12. Mateen, too, was killed after police broke into the building, where he was holding 30 more people hostage for several hours, and shot him. The night is known as the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

WATCH: Nation's Largest LGBT Church Holds Outdoor Service After Bomb Scare, Evacuation

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After the Cathedral of Hope was evacuated Sunday morning, worshipers gathered under the trees outside.

Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, which bills itself as the nation's largest LGBT church, was evacuated Sunday morning after suspicious packages were found.

After the sanctuary was emptied, worshipers continued the service under the trees outside. "This will not deter us from worship this morning and we will continue to not walk in fear or allow instances of hate to overcome the promise to love," the church said on its Facebook page.

Dallas police confirmed the packages weren't a threat around 11 a.m., and the congregation moved back into the building to continue services. 

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The incident came a week after a gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people.

The Dallas church's pastor, Neil Cazares-Thomas, spoke out forcefully throughout the week, including this Friday Conversation with KERA. The Cathedral of Hope also held a tribute for the Orlando victims on Wednesday -- you can watch it here.