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Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices

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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 Lori of Baltimore said.

"Given my occupation, I think it's important to start every occasion this way," Lori said in response to a reporter's question Sunday, which was designated by Maryland Gov. Lawrence Hogan Jr. as a day of prayer and peace for Baltimore's healing.

Fledgling faith community spreads St. Hildegard's vision of 'earth’s lush greening' in northern California

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The atmosphere of Berkeley, Calif., offers a definite advantage for its newest neighbor on the block.

Known for activism on a number of fronts -- the environment, feminism, interspirituality, social justice -- the northern California college town, recently named by Business Insider the most liberal city in California, fits the fledging St. Hildegard Catholic Community in every sense of the word “progressive.”

Philadelphia priest ordered to return to prison after bail hearing

Msgr. William Lynn was ordered to return to jail Friday after a hearing that recalled elements of the landmark 2012 trial that resulted in his conviction on a child endangerment charge.

Common Pleas Court Judge Teresa Sarmina revoked bail for Lynn, remanding him to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia.

Wisconsin diocese's programs help Latino families put faith into action

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Juanita Fiscal and her husband, Julio Zuniga, enrolled in the "Discipulos de Cristo" (Disciples of Christ) lay formation program, sponsored by the diocese of Green Bay, three years ago. As members of St. Willebrord Parish, they wanted to learn more about their faith.

"We were lacking so much knowledge about our Catholic faith, especially about the Mass," Fiscal told The Compass, newspaper of the Green Bay diocese. "We are here almost every Sunday, and not knowing exactly what was happening or the meaning of certain things. That was embarrassing."

Q&A: From Ferguson to Baltimore, black America's faith is tested

In the past week, the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, a black Episcopal priest and religion professor at Baltimore's Goucher College, joined students as they watched, analyzed and agonized about their city erupting in protest after the death of yet another black man, Freddie Gray, in police custody.

On Friday, the Baltimore state's attorney criminally charged six officers involved in Gray's death and declared his arrest was illegal.

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