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Pastors to circle Valley to pray for rain

Outside a modest beige church near dry mountains in Tulare County on Monday, around 100 people pleaded to God in Spanish with arms raised to the sky. Each prayer was a little different, but the catalyst was the same.

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For two years I taught social studies at an inner-city high school; for six years I ran a Catholic Worker shelter for homeless families. Then, almost 20 years ago, I became a full-time animal advocate, confident that such labor is integral to Catholicism.

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Video: Tour of Prayer circles valley communities most affected by drought

Local residents raise their hands in the air as they pray for rain during the Tour of Prayer at Primera Iglesia Bautista del Orosi in Orosi. The Tour of Prayer travels every two weeks to a different Valley town especially hard-hit by the drought to pray for rain and other issues. The prayer circle started in Porterville and plans to end the tour there in October. Video by SILVIA FLORES sflores@fresnobee.com

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