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Praying to end gang violence

After 16 homicides in San Mateo County, Calif., last year, grieving mothers and the members of St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto, walked their neighborhood on March 8, praying the Stations of the Cross for an end to gang violence. • More than 35,000 people have signed an Internet petition urging the American Pharmacists Association to stop making drugs for use in executions by lethal injection. • The Holy See on March 10 confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the Republic of Korea from Aug. 14 to Aug. 18 on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day. • Former rebel commander Salvador Sánchez Céren of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front was declared the winner on March 13 of El Salvador’s hotly contested presidential election. • In Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad, more than 5,000 Christian families who have lived for years in overcrowded slum conditions now face homelessness, as a High Court judge on Feb. 9 gave municipal authorities 30 days to clear out 10 settlements where they reside.

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