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July 3, 2020  |  By THERESE LORENTZ

COLORADO SPRINGS. With our community reeling from the disruptions of the virus and the unrest in our country, the St. Thomas Aquinas Society (STAS) invites everyone to its 23rd major conference, “Family, Church and Nation.” All come together from July 29-Aug. 2 at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs.


 
July 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Diocese of Colorado Springs Finance Officer Bob Doerfler, who has a combined 43 years of service to Divine Redeemer Parish and the diocese, retired June 5. Doerfler worked side by side with Bishop Emeritus Richard Hanifen to establish the diocese’s finance and accounting operations when it was created in 1984.


 
July 3, 2020  |  By SIDNEY RODRIGUEZ

COLORADO SPRINGS. On June 14, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the members of St. Patrick Parish gathered for the opening of their new eucharistic adoration chapel, named Our Lady of Knock Chapel. On that day, Father Michael Goodyear led a eucharistic procession around the church parking lot. After Benediction in the main sanctuary, Father Goodyear processed the Blessed Sacrament to the Our Lady of Knock Chapel. Standing guard was St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Assembly 3049 Honor Guard. Parishioners came to adore Jesus throughout the afternoon.


 
IN THE NEWS...
July 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. When Christian and Christine Meert were named co-directors of the Diocese of Colorado Springs’ newly- created Office of Marriage and Family Life in 2005, they essentially started with a blank slate. Now, 15 years later, the two can look back and see how their efforts have born fruit.


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July 3, 2020  |  By AMY PARTAIN

COLORADO SPRINGS. St. Mary’s High School speech and debate team members Ben Bodnar and Daniel Zill had one goal going into the 2019-2020 season — qualify for nationals. That goal had been set last year, when they narrowly missed qualifying for the 2019 National Speech and Debate Tournament. The first weekend in March 2020 Bodnar and Zill accomplished their goal, finishing first in the region in duo interpretation at the Colorado Grande District NSDA National Qualifying Tournament. A week later the world began to change.


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July 3, 2020  |  By THERESE LORENTZ

COLORADO SPRINGS. With our community reeling from the disruptions of the virus and the unrest in our country, the St. Thomas Aquinas Society (STAS) invites everyone to its 23rd major conference, “Family, Church and Nation.” All come together from July 29-Aug. 2 at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs.


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July 3, 2020  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL

COLORADO SPRINGS. Diocese of Colorado Springs Finance Officer Bob Doerfler, who has a combined 43 years of service to Divine Redeemer Parish and the diocese, retired June 5. Doerfler worked side by side with Bishop Emeritus Richard Hanifen to establish the diocese’s finance and accounting operations when it was created in 1984.


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July 3, 2020  |  By SIDNEY RODRIGUEZ

COLORADO SPRINGS. On June 14, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the members of St. Patrick Parish gathered for the opening of their new eucharistic adoration chapel, named Our Lady of Knock Chapel. On that day, Father Michael Goodyear led a eucharistic procession around the church parking lot. After Benediction in the main sanctuary, Father Goodyear processed the Blessed Sacrament to the Our Lady of Knock Chapel. Standing guard was St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus Assembly 3049 Honor Guard. Parishioners came to adore Jesus throughout the afternoon.


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OPINION / COMMENTARY
July 3, 2020  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate concerns about racism both historical and contemporary, we insisted that the characterization of Serra as the moral equivalent of Hitler and the missions he founded as tantamount to death camps is simply unconscionable.


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July 3, 2020  |  By SEAN WRIGHT

Defying the efforts of emperors, kings, popes and engineers to eliminate them, the fetid, malodorous Pontine Marshes — disease-ridden, brackish waters 10-16 miles wide — for 23 centuries lay southeast of Rome. Benito Mussolini not only made the trains run on time, in 1928 he finally succeeded in draining the Pontine Marshes. Reclaiming the land, “Il Duce” built low-cost housing and settled families there. The Lazio region is now a thriving community, producing crops in abundance.


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June 19, 2020  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many of us with a great deal of uncertainty: uncertainty about how contagious the virus is and about the best way to treat it; uncertainty about how long our personal immunity will last after we get infected and whether a vaccine will ever be developed; uncertainty about the future of the economy and whether jobs will still be there for the 40 million newly unemployed; uncertainty about how long the public quarantines should continue; uncertainty about what will happen to ourselves, our businesses, our families and our friends.


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June 19, 2020  |  

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ARTS & CULTURE
June 19, 2020  |  By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Artemis Fowl

NEW YORK. In the hands of such great artists as British novelist J.R.R. Tolkien or Irish poet W.B. Yeats, the elements of medieval lore have been deployed to great effect.

Such, alas, is not the case with “Artemis Fowl” (PG, Disney), director Kenneth Branagh’s crowded, off-key screen version of Eoin Colfer’s 2001 fantasy novel for young adults that’s streaming now on Disney+.


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June 5, 2020  |  By JOHN MULDERIG
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Scoob!

NEW YORK. Baby boomers may remember whiling away their Saturday mornings, beginning in 1969, by watching the Hanna- Barbera cartoon series “Scooby- Doo, Where Are You!”


Beyond the fact that its ensemble of teen sleuths always discovered a perfectly reasonable explanation for apparently occult events, however, their memories of the show may be blurry.


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