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Louisiana churches relieved after arrest of suspect in fires. 'Now we can start healing,' pastor says

(CNN)Pastor Harry Richard is ready to help his community begin healing.The pastor led the Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas before it was burned to the ground on April 2. Just a week earlier, St. Mary Baptist Church in Porte Barre had been set ablaze, and on April 4, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was the last to burn. Authorities have arrested Holden Matthews, 21, in connection with the church fires that terrified the communities in Louisiana. "Now, my concern is when do we get back to normal," Richard told CNN affiliate KLFY. "When do we put our church family back in their home?"Suspect allegedly influenced by music Matthews is charged with three counts of simple arson on a religious building, State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browni ...