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Musical and religious faith speak to humanity's better angels at St. Sabina Church / Chicago Tribune

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Put famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago priest and civil rights activist the Rev. Michael Pfleger in front of a clamorous throng of music-loving congregants and you are reminded how eloquently musical faith and religious faith can speak to humanity's better angels. It was the power of belief that brought together the classical music superstar and one of Chicago's most outspoken civil rights activists, united in their efforts to improve the lives and make better citizens of young people. Crusaders for community, both. That memorable meeting of passions took place Sunday at St. Sabina Church in the Gresham neighborhood. The church, where Pfleger has been senior priest since 1981 of Chicago's largest African-American Catholic parish, hosted a "Concert for Peace" by Ma, members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Children's Choir and St. Sabina's Top of the Food Chain band.

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