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June 2, 1998 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kneeling on thorns in the darkness of an old adobe chapel, 9-year-old Larry Torres gazed at an altar lined with brooding religious images and vowed a lifelong commitment to Los Hermanos Penitentes. The boy was taking his deceased grandfather's place in the secretive 400-year-old Catholic brotherhood rooted in charity and religious observances, including self-flagellation.
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