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April 20, 2017  |  By FATHER DANIEL MERZ
COLORADO SPRINGS. The Catholic Church throughout the English-speaking world began using a revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony (OCM), effective Dec. 31, 2016. There are a few changes — nothing revolutionary — but it brings a great opportunity to look anew at the importance of this institution between a man and a woman, and to deepen our understanding of how it may be lived and supported.
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April 20, 2017  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. A teen and two mothers of large families from the Colorado Springs diocese will join the Order of Malta’s Western Association on its annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, which will take place May 2-10. The three hope for spiritual and physical healing as they journey to the place where many miraculous healings have happened since Mary appeared there 158 years ago. The three will be accompanied by Bill and Eileen Maggio, Knight and Dame of the Order.
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Archbishop Chaput surveys modern culture in new book

Sheep and Wolves, Serpents and Doves
April 6, 2017  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
COLORADO SPRINGS. Recently, several prominent Catholic commentators have written books warning people that the cultural assumptions that once guided our lives in America are losing their validity, while at the same time offering advice for living in a world of less religious identity and greater moral confusion. These books include Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” and Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.”
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Fatima at 100

Story of apparitions continues to attract attention
April 21, 2017  |  By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
VATICAN CITY. While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary’s messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.
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April 21, 2017  |  By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS.  In a continuing effort to address the rising rate of suicide among teens in El Paso County, St. Patrick Parish is hosting an internationally recognized expert on teens.
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April 21, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. Norman Hale, former principal of Corpus Christi School, was killed in a car accident in Kansas on April 5. He was 52 years old. Hale was born Nov. 19, 1964 in Mineral Wells, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Pueblo and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Hale had also served as principal at Holy Trinity School and a football coach at St. Mary’s High School before moving to Nebraska in 2006. There he served as principal of St. Mary’s School in O’Neill and St. Patrick’s School in Elkhorn.  He is survived by his wife Carolyn and two sons.
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April 21, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. Deacon Matt Kasper was named the Rookie Volunteer of the Year by the Community Advancing Public Safety (CAPS) program. Deacon Kasper joined the CAPS Team in April 2016 and was assigned to the Colorado Springs Fire Department’s chaplaincy unit. He is credited with over 550 volunteer hours and a record number of death call-outs — 40 in all. “Many of these tragic stories are compounded with family conflicts, which makes the role of a chaplain that much more delicate and difficult to navigate,” stated a press release from CAPS. “Matt handled each call with professionalism, grace and dignity.”
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April 21, 2017  |  
COLORADO SPRINGS. The Colorado Springs Council for Black Catholics meets the fourth Saturday of the month in the library of Holy Apostles Church. The new meeting time is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact cscbc.be.seen@gmail.com or visit the council’s Facebook page
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OPINION / COMMENTARY
April 21, 2017  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: HostasNative to Japan, China, and Korea, hostas were imported first to Europe and later arrived in America in the mid-1800s. There are hundreds of species and thousands of cultivars from which to choose. Hostas are a reliable and hardy perennial with countless combinations of leaf color, shape and texture and are made for the shade.
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April 21, 2017  |  By ANDY BARTON
One of the most hope filled moments of the year for our poor and vulnerable came at the Easter Vigil last Saturday night when we welcomed our catechumens into the church. These new Catholic faithful are cause for celebration for so many reasons, but the greatest may be what they mean for charity. As Pope Paul VI writes in “Divinae Consortium Naturae”: “By means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity.” These newly initiated men, women, and children are reinforcements in the battle against the colossal specter of poverty in our community.
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ARTS & CULTURE

Fatima at 100

Story of apparitions continues to attract attention
April 21, 2017  |  By JUNNO AROCHO ESTEVES
VATICAN CITY. While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary’s messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.
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