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Devoutly Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat

TUMON, Guam (AP) — Across Guam — where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic — priests are praying for peace as residents of the U.S. Pacific island territory face a missile threat from North Korea.

Archbishop Michael Byrnes has instructed priests in Guam's 26 churches to offer prayers for peace between the two nuclear nations and courage for the military forces on the island.

Guam's Catholic faithful are attending Sunday Mass after several days of dramatic rhetoric between the two. President Donald Trump threatened swift and forceful retaliation against North Korea, declaring the U.S. military "locked and loaded."

There hasn't been any widespread anxiety among Guam residents, even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks.

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Jennifer Sinco Kelleher in Honolulu contributed to this report.

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