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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and first lady Yumi Hogan pray during Mass at St. Peter Claver Church in Baltimore May 3. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that day she had imposed on the city after a night of looting and arson April 27. The violence followed the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered while in the police custody. Hogan had called for a day of prayer and reconciliation May 3. (CNS photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, Reuters)

Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices

May 5, 2015 BALTIMORE (CNS) — Prayer provides the strength and patience needed to love neighbors and will help Baltimoreans as they addresses the injustices that led to a night of rioting and looting, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said. “Given my occupation, I think it’s important to start every occasion this way,” Archbishop…

Essa Neima poses for a photo in his art studio in Washington.  The Syrian artist said he got the idea to showcase his countryÕs struggles after extremists killed a Jesuit priest friend there. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See SYRIA-ARTIST May 5, 2015.

In paintings, Syrian artist shows the pain war has caused his country

May 5, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — The sad realities of Syria’s civil war permeate the paintings of Essa Neima, a 34-year-old Syrian national. At a recent exhibit, his oil on acrylic works ranged from depictions of damaged church and mosque mosaics, to a broken icon of Mary and a refugee woman forced into servitude by…

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