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  • Former Colorado resident, missionary, tests positive for Ebola

    A former Colorado resident working in Liberia for a non-profit treating Ebola has tested positive for the disease. Nancy Writebol, who is originally from Evergreen, is a missionary with Serving in Mission and was a part of a joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse team treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, according to Melissa Strickland, spokeswoman for...

  • Colorado Springs pastor ponders heeding the call of the gospel (and God) in new book, 'The Unfinished Church'

    Rob Bentz laughs kindly at the question. When did you know you were called to God? It turns out that being chosen by God isn't a Cecil B. DeMille production: puffy clouds, rays of golden light, angels playing harps and a wise, bearded deity reaching out to shake Bentz's hand. Bentz - a pastor at Woodmen Valley Chapel - was called by simply...

  • Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

    ROME — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison. The Vatican characterized the visit with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate."...

  • Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    DENVER — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering...

  • Despite bloodshed, Colorado Springs man says nonviolent movement is strong after trip to West Bank

    Jimi Hummer arrived in the West Bank city of Hebron on 
May 22 as tensions that led to current Israeli and Palestinian violence began to unfold. “So this was my welcome to Hebron,” he said Monday night, as photos of armed Israeli soldiers outside Palestinian homes came up on the television screen behind him. Hummer, a Colorado Springs...

  • Opponents of Colorado personhood amendment launch campaign

    DENVER — Opponents of the latest version of a proposed personhood amendment for Colorado are launching their campaign. Leaders of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado are scheduled to attend a kickoff rally at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the state Capitol. The proposal, Amendment 67, would add fetuses to those...

  • Pueblo County clerk ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Pueblo County has stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the request of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. County clerks in Pueblo and Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Colorado, ruled June 25 that Utah’s gay marriage ban is...

  • Half of Colorado voters back Hobby Lobby ruling

    DENVER — A new poll says half of Colorado voters support the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing some religiously oriented business to opt out of contraception coverage for their employees. The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Monday found that 50 percent of voters support the court's Hobby Lobby decision while...

  • Man arrested inside Colorado Springs church

    A man was arrested inside a Colorado Springs church near the intersection 19th St. and Uintah Street around 8 a.m. Sunday after trying to flee from police. Jeremy Hunter, 25, was allegedly in violation of a protection order when police arrived to a home on the 700 block of Manitou Boulevard. Hunter, who had a felony warrant out for his...

  • Billy Graham has shaped evangelical life in Colorado Springs, world

    Billy Graham likely will be remembered as the world's greatest evangelist, having preached to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and having persuaded millions to accept his offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. Nearly a decade after his last major public appearance, the ailing 95-year-old remains...

  • Being Billy Graham's daughter a blessing and a burden

    he couldn't find any razor blades. She had run home as soon as Sunday morning services had ended to commit suicide. She had planned this. For years, Ruth Graham had suffered silently the pain of infidelity and divorce. For years, she had put on a smile and told everyone that yes, she had it all together. She felt ashamed and humiliated, and...

  • 65 years ago, Altoona, Penn., was Billy Graham's crucible

    In the fall of 1949, the Rev. Billy Graham led an eight-week series of revival meetings in Los Angeles, drawing multitudes and making converts of celebrities and commoners. He rocketed into the headlines and hasn't left them since, even today at age 95 and in frail health. But there almost was no Los Angeles, no epochal career preaching to...

  • Jailed Chinese pastor's family escapes to US

    BEIJING (AP) — Three members of an imprisoned pastor's family have sneaked out of China to the U.S. with the help of activists after complaining about an extended campaign of harassment by Chinese authorities, a Christian rights group said Tuesday. Zhang Shaojie's daughter, son-in-law and 1-year-old grandchild landed in Dallas, Texas, on...

  • Producer says filming in Jerusalem 'exhilarating'

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Dig" will arrive this fall on USA as a six-episode thriller set in Jerusalem, starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI agent and Anne Heche as head of the local FBI office. The pilot episode was filmed on location, an experience that executive producer Tim Kring called "absolutely exhilarating." But recent real-world...

  • Group challenging Colorado's same-sex marriage ban files new motion

    The group challenging Colorado's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage filed new papers in court Friday opposing what they see as the state's continuing efforts to deny equal rights to same-sex couples. "Colorado Attorney General John Suthers' fight against equal rights is a lost battle," Mari Newman, an attorney representing the group,...