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June 15, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical outlining the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception was poorly received and appeared to be an inadequate response to the sexual revolution. Nonetheless, his prediction that efforts to separate sex from procreation would lead to the objectification of women has been born out over the past 50 years, said a well-known Catholic speaker at Holy Apostles Parish on May 15.
 
June 15, 2018  |  
DENVER. Democrats for Life will hold their inaugural national conference in Denver July 20-22 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast. The purpose of the conference is to discuss ways to infuse a pro-life perspective into national culture and politics. Featured speakers will include Rob Rysavy, Anna Keating, Charles Camosy and many others. Topics will include abortion, perinatal hospice, poverty, health care, assisted suicide and freedom of conscience.  For more information, visit https://iwantmypartyback.democratsforlife.org
 

Public comment period now open for proposed Protect Life Rule for Title X

Protect Life Rule aims to stop abortion funding
June 15, 2018  |  By STEVE LARKIN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON. The public comment period on the Protect Life Rule, a proposed revision to Title X regulations, opened June 1 and will close July 31.

The Office of Population Affairs, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees the Title X Family Planning Program.


 
IN THE NEWS...
June 15, 2018  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. In the more than 130-year history of St. Mary’s High School, the Grace Center for Athletics and Community Service has only been serving the Pirate family for the last almost 12 years. But during those years, the Grace Center has played a large and important role, not just in the St. Mary’s community, but in the greater Colorado Springs community. Now this vital part of the community is in need of new turf and track at the stadium.
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June 15, 2018  |  By FATHER ROBERT NEWBURY
KIOWA. The Respect Life Apostolate seeks to inform us how to understand, value, and become engaged in the myriad of the Church’s pro-life activities.  These activities support the God-given dignity of every person, which naturally leads to protecting the gift of every person’s life.
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June 15, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. The St. Thomas Aquinas Society will hold its annual conference Aug. 1-5 at Pikes Peak Center in downtown Colorado Springs. The theme of this year’s conference is “God the Father of Mercy.”
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June 15, 2018  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical outlining the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception was poorly received and appeared to be an inadequate response to the sexual revolution. Nonetheless, his prediction that efforts to separate sex from procreation would lead to the objectification of women has been born out over the past 50 years, said a well-known Catholic speaker at Holy Apostles Parish on May 15.
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June 15, 2018  |  
DENVER. Democrats for Life will hold their inaugural national conference in Denver July 20-22 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast. The purpose of the conference is to discuss ways to infuse a pro-life perspective into national culture and politics. Featured speakers will include Rob Rysavy, Anna Keating, Charles Camosy and many others. Topics will include abortion, perinatal hospice, poverty, health care, assisted suicide and freedom of conscience.  For more information, visit https://iwantmypartyback.democratsforlife.org
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OPINION / COMMENTARY
June 15, 2018  |  By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
The Fortnight for Freedom, which we’ve been celebrating each year at the end of June and beginning of July has recently been reconfigured. Beginning this year, Religious Freedom Week is to be held annually June 22–29. The observance is a bit shorter, but no less important. This year’s theme is “Serving Others in God’s Love.”
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THE CATHOLIC REVIEW: The Fragility of Order

Catholic Reflections on Turbulent Times
June 15, 2018  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER

When Catholics seek a mature insight into the politics or history of the current times or want to enjoin a discussion of the utmost gravity, more often than not, author George Weigel is on the short list of potential commentators. Weigel, one of the more prominent public intellectuals in modern times, is the author of two dozen New York Times bestselling books and is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.


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June 15, 2018  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Pollinator HabitatWhether it is called a pollinator habitat, bee hotel, insect hotel, bug bank, bug hotel, insect condo or bug stack mansion, it has one important purpose — attracting pollinators that will remain in the garden. An extra reward is that they can be charming, artsy and add a whimsical flair to any outdoor area. 
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June 15, 2018  |  By ANDY BARTON
In his most recent Apostolic Exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate,” Pope Francis has given the faithful a practical guide to holiness.  “(Jesus) wants us to be saints” our Pope writes, “and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. . . My modest goal is to re-propose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities.”  One might assume that a guide to holiness is full of rules and prescriptions on ways to live, but that is not the case with Pope Francis.  As with his other writing, Gaudete et Exsultate is more of a thoughtful conversation than it is a lecture, and this one reflects its title which translates to “Rejoice and Be Glad.” 
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ARTS & CULTURE
June 15, 2018  |  By JOSEPH McALEER, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Incredibles 2NEW YORK. The first family of superheroes returns in “Incredibles 2” (PG, Disney), the highly anticipated sequel to a much-loved 2004 animated film.
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June 1, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars StoryNEW YORK. Before he grew up to be Harrison Ford, intergalactic freebooter Han Solo was Alden Ehrenreich — or so at least the folks behind “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13, Disney), the pleasing but insubstantial latest addition to the blockbuster franchise, would have you believe.
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