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Baltimore Gathers Strength Through Faith Rallies, Church Services on Peace, Rebuilding as Curfew Ends

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, elected officials and clergy spoke about peace and rebuilding in church services and a rally Sunday, the day curfew ended more than a week after protests erupted over the death of a young man, Freddie Gray, from spinal injuries in police custody leading to violence and looting.

A gathering of evangelical Christians in Washington.

National Day of Prayer Focusing on Bible Verse 1 Kings 8:28 'Lord, Hear Our Cry' Is Expecting 43,000 Gatherings, the Largest in Its History

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer is expected to have its largest number of participants in over 60 years Monday as political and religious leaders join local residents in praying for the nation. This year's theme is "Lord, Hear Our Cry" and is accompanied by the Bible verse 1 Kings 8:28, which reads "Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day."

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Obama Abandons Pastor Abedini, Would Veto Bill That Requires Iran Release Him for Nuke Deal Approval; ACLJ Calls Decision 'Despicable, Outrageous'

President Barack Obama's administration has warned that it will veto a proposed amendment that would require the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and three other American citizens held prisoners in Iran before any final nuclear deal agreement is reached. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's family, called the admittance "despicable" and "outrageous."

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Six Officers Charged in Death of Freddie Gray; Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Vows to Seek Justice

In a move being described as both swift and unusually surprising, Baltimore's newly elected State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that the death of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 after being injured while in police custody, had been ruled a "homicide" and six police officers involved in his "unlawful arrest" had been criminally charged and warrants have been issued for their arrests.

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Baltimore Mom Goes Viral for Smacking Son to Stop Him From Rioting; Police Commissioner Applauds Efforts; 'Wishes' More Parents 'Took Charge' of Their Kids During the Mayhem

Baltimore mother Toya Graham is being heralded as "mom of the year" by the city's police commisioner after she was captured on camera grabbing and smacking her 16-year-old son in order to get him away from Baltimore protests that erupted on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young man who died in police custody on April 19.

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Christian Leaders Affirm Support for Traditional Marriage Ahead of Supreme Court Case; Pastors Say Marriage Must Be Preserved for Sake of Children

Religious leaders from a wide array of denominations have released a joint statement reaffirming their support for traditional marriage ahead of the Supreme Court's hearing of oral arguments on Tuesday. The Christian leaders have said that reaffirming marriage as between one man and one woman is vital for protecting children and offering them both a father and a mother.

'There Is No God': Pennsylvania Transit System Refuses to Run Ad Denying 'Existence of Supreme Deity'

An atheist organization in Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit against a local transit system over its refusal to run advertisements that promote "the non-existence of a supreme deity." The transit system claims that it has refused to run the ads that include the word "atheist" because such issues are contentious and could lead to hostile debates in a "confined space like the inside of a bus."

As Baltimore Burns, Christian Leaders Get Ready to Put Out the Fire at Reconciled Church Summit in Orlando

Pastor A.R. Bernard, Dr. Joel Hunter and Bishop Harry Jackson.

As pockets of East and West Baltimore erupted in flames and riot on Monday night over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died on April 19 after suffering serious injury while in police custody, a diverse coalition of Christian leaders from across the country gathered at First Baptist Orlando church in Florida Tuesday to discuss ways in which the church can intervene and prevent these eruptions before they even start.