Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices

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May 5, 2015

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)

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 (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 Lori said in response to a reporter’s question May 3, which was designated by Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. as a day of prayer and peace for Baltimore’s healing.

The calls for prayer followed hours of rioting and looting the night of April 27-28 that rocked West Baltimore. The violence came in response to the death of Freddie Gray, who died April 19, a week after he was seriously injured while in police custody.

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