Residents in the community often know who's behind shootings — there've been nearly 600 since 2016 — but the threat of gang retaliation has created an almost impenetrable code of silence.
Police tell The Associated Press that the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of from Sao Paulo.
In Honduras, paradise and hell are next-door neighbors, and you can hear the gunshots at night from both places.
Police in Ballwin, Missouri are searching for a gunman who sexually assaulted a woman and shot another in the head in a Catholic religious goods store. Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis (which is near Ballwin) asked for prayers for the victims.
We all share the belief that gun violence has no place in our society, nor does the hate that often precipitates the gun violence.
After a shooting spree late Nov. 7 at a country-music bar in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles from the heart of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles asked people to "pray hard" for the victims and their families.