Church briefs

St. Mark Baptist has annual Youth Day St. Mark Baptist Church, 542 Crescent Ave., will observe its annual Youth Day at 3 p.m. Sunday. Special guests will be the Rev. Harold Massey and Macedonia Baptist Church, of Colombus. The theme is "Serving Others with a Loving Heart." Other guests will be the youths from Cottrell Chapel CME Church and Greater St. Paul Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome.

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Mormon youths make trip to Nauvoo, Ill.

More than 130 youths and their leaders from Little Rock, Arkadelphia, Hope, Pine Bluff, Benton, Camden, Glenwood and Hot Springs congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited Nauvoo, Ill., recently. Nauvoo is a significant historical site for church members as it is the burial place of church founder and prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, who were assassinated by a mob in 1844. This event precipitated the mass exodus of church members to the Great Salt Lake Valley as they sought religious freedom.

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Pope presides at Good Friday Colosseum procession

VATICAN CITY -- Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, patiently endured exceptionally tight security checks to pray along with Pope Francis at the traditional Way of the Cross Good Friday procession at the Colosseum.

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