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A mourner pats the hearse holding the casket of Freddie Gray outside New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore April 27 after a funeral service. Riots erupted nearby in response to the death of Gray, 25, who died April 19, one week after being arrested and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. (CNS photo/Olivia Obineme, Catholic Review) See BALTIMORE-FUNERAL April 28, 2015.

Fleeting peace as Baltimore pays final respects to Freddie Gray

April 28, 2015 BALTIMORE (CNS) — For four hours April 27, Freddie Gray Jr. was patiently and prayerfully memorialized. That peace, however, was extremely fragile. Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after being arrested on a weapons charge and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in West Baltimore while in police custody. Thirty-six hours…

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Circus center ring becomes stage for death-defying feats and religion

April 28, 2015 FAIRFAX, Va. (CNS) — Brazilian trapeze artist Estefani Evans flies through the air above the center ring, mesmerizing the gasping spectators below. The 25-year-old performer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus soared to different heights in that same center ring at the Patriot Center in Fairfax when she received the…

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