CNN Belief Blog

By David Ariosto and Moni Basu, CNN

Boston (CNN) — On this brisk April morning in Boston’s South End, worshipers filled New England’s largest Roman Catholic church. It was a time to pray — and reflect on the torrent of violence this city has seen.

Last Sunday, a special blessing was said here for the runners in the Boston Marathon. Now, there were people sitting on the wooden pews who might have witnessed the tragedy. They were all scarred inside.

Almost a week has passed since bombs made from pressure cookers blew up near the finish line of the race. Three people died, and more than 170 were wounded. Many remain in hospitals.

 

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