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Pastor draws parallel between hostage captain situation, Jesus

Easter Sunday Mass is taking on addedmeaning at the Vermont church where hostage Capt. Richard Phillipsnormally worships.

In a 7:30 a.m. service, St. Thomas Church pastor Rev. CharlesDanielson urged his congregation to pray for the safe return of the53-year-old sea captain being held by Somali pirates in the IndianOcean.

He drew a parallel between Jesus Christ's resurrection andPhillips' predicament, saying as Christ triumphed over the evil ofhis crucifixion, Phillips was attempting to triumph over evil, too.

Danielson visited Phillips' wife on Saturday. He says she'sremarkably optimistic under the circumstances and surrounded with acocoon of comfort provided by family members and friends.

Phillips' hometown of Underhill is about 35 miles northwest ofMontpelier.

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