Packed Mass sends message faith can empower community to combat violence

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August 19, 2015

Following an Aug. 13 Mass for peace at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee, worshippers receive candles and participate in a candlelight procession to a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., where they prayed for peace. The Mass and procession were held as a response to the record number of homicides in Milwaukee, many of which have occurred in the inner city where the parish is located. (CNS photo/Peter Fenelon, Milwaukee Catholic Herald) See MILWAUKEE-PEACE-MASS Aug. 19, 2015.

Following an Aug. 13 Mass for peace at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee, worshippers receive candles and participate in a candlelight procession to a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., where they prayed for peace. The Mass and procession were held as a response to the record number of homicides in Milwaukee, many of which have occurred in the inner city where the parish is located. (CNS photo/Peter Fenelon, Milwaukee Catholic Herald)

MILWAUKEE (CNS) — Witness to the power of prayer was in evidence as nearly 600 people gathered for a concelebrated Mass for peace at a Milwaukee Catholic church in an area of the city that has been ravaged by violence.

Capuchin Father Michael Bertram, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, termed it a “celebration of power … a power of faith — a power we have in Jesus Christ.”

That power was noted by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, the principal concelebrant of the Aug. 13 evening Mass, in his homily based on Chapter 5, verses 13 to 16, of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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