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August 3, 2018  |  By ALEX RYSAVY
Recently, I had the honor of accompanying my mother, Michelle Rysavy, and 49 other people with various ailments, to Lourdes for 10 days on a pilgrimage led by the Order of Malta. I personally knew nothing of the order at the time mom applied to go. While some of our friends related experiences they had with the Knights during their annual trip to Lourdes, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for this gift of this journey.
 
August 3, 2018  |  By JEFF THOMAS
COLORADO SPRINGS. Free beer. It may be the most attention-grabbing, and usually bogus, marketing gimmick ever. In this case, it’s true: the beer is free at the Inferno Men’s Forum.
 
August 3, 2018  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. The Tribunal of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, in partnership with the Office of Total Catholic Education, will present a five-part series on various topics relating to canon law and annulments. The talks will be held Tuesday evenings at St. Patrick Parish from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 21. The talks are open to all; those who are involved in adult formation programs — especially RCIA and marriage preparation — are highly encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Nicholas Dillon at ndillon@diocs.org.
 
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August 3, 2018  |  
RICHARDTON, North Dakota. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 6 at Assumption Abbey for Benedictine Abbot Warren Heidgen, who died June 30 at Richardton Health Center in Richardton, North Dakota. Burial followed in Assumption Abbey Cemetery in Richardton.
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August 3, 2018  |  By ROCHELLE SCHLORTT

COLORADO SPRINGS. Most of the time, we don’t think about how charity work impacts people other than those receiving the charity.  But for many — staff, volunteers, and donors, being involved in a meaningful charity can impact, and sometimes change the course of their lives.

Here are some stories from people who have been associated with Catholic Charities over the years that describe the impact charity work made on their lives: 


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August 3, 2018  |  By AMY PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. When thinking about the aerospace industry, Colorado probably isn’t the first state to come to mind. But the state’s growing aerospace community — made up of  more than 500 companies and suppliers — now ranks it as the second-largest space economy in the nation. During the last two weeks of June, Stephen Sabish, a recent St. Mary’s High School graduate, had the opportunity to explore Colorado’s space industry as an intern with the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR).
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August 3, 2018  |  By BILL HOWARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. Once the main portion of Bishop Michael Sheridan’s 2018 Danube River Pilgrimage Cruise concludes in Budapest, Hungary, on Nov. 10, pilgrims have an option to extend their time in Eastern Europe by visiting Prague, Czech Republic, or doing a mini-Footsteps of St. John Paul II excursion in Krakow and Czestechowa, Poland.
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August 3, 2018  |  
DENVER. The fourth annual Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast, co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Denver, the Colorado Catholic Conference and the St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy, will take place Aug. 18 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 1553 Grant St., Denver, 80203. 
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OPINION / COMMENTARY
August 3, 2018  |  By SUSAN ROSS

You have about two months to live, Charlie,” said the specialist.

My husband of 40 years was having some difficulty breathing and went in for a check-up with his cardiologist. After running a few tests, she called him that same day and advised him to go to the emergency room, as his blood count was dangerously low. We went to the hospital immediately!


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August 3, 2018  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become Masters of our own destiny. Yet even as we enjoy the fantasy of acquiring Promethean powers to combat our enemies and conquer evil, we have legitimate misgivings about mere mortals taking on god-like powers in real life. We are concerned about those who play with fire just like Prometheus did, at the risk of harm and great destruction. Today, as modern medicine tries to rebuff death and control our humanity in ever more sophisticated ways, new temptations arise that challenge us to choose between life and death, between living in reality and living in a fantasy world where we elevate ourselves as “Masters of our own destiny.”
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August 3, 2018  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI

Janet Easter is experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions as she arranges a bouquet in her backyard, and she is unfazed.

“I’m having contractions, which is hilarious,” she says, stripping the leaves off a hydrangea in one swift stroke.


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August 3, 2018  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
For the past several days, I’ve been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O’Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our “Pivotal Players” series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, and finally to Savannah and Millidgeville, Georgia.
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July 6, 2018  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
The numbers don’t look good for the U.S. Postal Service. Last year it reported its sixth straight annual operating loss, in the amount of $2.7 billion. During fiscal year 2017, the USPS delivered 149 billion pieces of mail, down from 154 billion the previous year — and a major drop from its peak of 213 billion in 2006.
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ARTS & CULTURE
August 3, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Mission: Impossible - FalloutNEW YORK. Tom Cruise’s by-now iconic American agent Ethan Hunt is at the top of his game in the engrossing espionage sequel “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” (PG-13, Paramount).

Despite extensive, though mostly restrained, action and the eventual showcasing of Hunt’s fraught marital situation, at least some parents may deem this thrill ride of a film acceptable for older teens.
Despite extensive, though mostly restrained, action and the eventual showcasing of Hunt’s fraught marital situation, at least some parents may deem this thrill ride of a film acceptable for older teens.


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July 6, 2018  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

NEW YORK. Apparently, it’s time to check in again with everybody’s favorite prehistoric era, because here comes “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (PG-13, Universal).

Director J.A. Bayona’s follow-up to the 2015 reboot of the hugely successful franchise ratchets up the mayhem and adds a bit more gore but keeps the on-again, off-again central romance refreshingly innocent.


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