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  • Book by pastor casts doubt on accounts of heaven

    Many people wonder what happens when someone dies. Is there an afterlife? Does hell exist? What's heaven like? The Rev. Mark Hitchcock thinks the public's innate curiosity about death accounts for the popularity of books about near-death experiences and people claiming to have visited heaven. "Proof of Heaven" by neurosurgeon Eben...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting March 1, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "On the Edge" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., $5-$20; chamberorchestraofthesprings.org. fRIDAY-MARCH 8 and 13-15 "A Little Princess" - A story of resilience and the power of imagination, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, First...

  • Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

    BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders in snowbound New England are beginning to ask themselves how on Earth their houses of worship will make ends meet after all these acts of God. Churches, synagogues and mosques report attendance is down at services, as poorly timed winter storms have hit on or close to days of worship. And getting the faithful to...

  • German-based anti-Islam group holds first rally in England

    LONDON (AP) — The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA held its first rally in Britain Saturday, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people were arrested. Police said that about 375 people joined the PEGIDA rally in Newcastle, 290 miles (465 kilometers) north of London. About 2,000 people...

  • Colorado Springs-based ministry names international president

    Kenya native Mutua Mahiaini was named international president and general director for The Navigators, a global Christian disciple ministry based in Colorado Springs. Before joining the international executive team as vice president in 2011, he spent 30 years working with the organization in Kenya, where he led a successful campus ministry at...

  • NYC, Orthodox Jews in talks over ritual after herpes cases

    NEW YORK (AP) — With a swift swipe of his scalpel, Rabbi A. Romi Cohn circumcises the baby boy, then leans down and sucks the blood from the wound as prayers in Hebrew fill the Brooklyn synagogue. The Orthodox Jewish tradition known as oral suction circumcision reaches back to biblical times but it has created a modern-day dilemma for New York...

  • Pope, Merkel discuss Ukraine and fight against poverty

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflict in Ukraine and the fight against poverty during a private audience on Saturday. The meeting was the second between the two since Francis' election as pope. The Vatican described the climate in the meeting as "very cordial" while Merkel told reporters...

  • California lawmakers urge archbishop to nix morality clauses

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday urged the archbishop of San Francisco to remove from a teachers' handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. The lawmakers said in a letter to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that the clauses "foment a discriminatory environment" and send "an alarming message of...

  • Colorado Springs home is 'dream come true' for Cuban family

    Standing in front of her new on home on Downing Drive, Yeidy Esquerra said it was like she was seeing God's work - a wish come true. "My mom told me something yesterday, and it's in my mind all the time," Esquerra told a crowd of friends, family and neighbors who gathered to watch her take her first steps into her home. "She told me that God...

  • Colorado Springs artist travels the globe to paint, sketch

    The history of architecture is written in faith. From the temple ruins of the Acropolis to the flying buttresses of Notre Dame, religion has inspired some of humanity's more ambitious and enduring building projects. "Ninety percent of historical architecture is churches," said Howard Dutzi, 84, a Colorado Springs artist and retired...

  • Volunteer effort launched to halt human trafficking in El Paso County

    Mary Pearsall has been aware of human trafficking around the world for years but hasn't been sure of what she could do to help. But after an "eye-opening" presentation Saturday about the issue in her community, she knows exactly what she wants to do: patrol the streets with other volunteers, looking for victims and perpetrators of the crime....

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Feb. 15, 2015

    Music/Drama SATURDAY "Firebird" - Presented by Fidele Youth Ballet, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Colorado Springs Charter Academy, $7, $5 for children; turningpointeschoolofdance.com. "Wisdom in Music" - Spiritual, musical message, 3 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.; 389-6607. FEB. 28 AND MARCH 1 "On the Edge" -...

  • Pope to new cardinals: Put aside pride, jealousy and anger

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis welcomed 20 new cardinals Saturday into the elite club of churchmen who will elect his successor and immediately delivered a tough-love message, telling them to put aside their pride, jealousy and self-interest and instead exercise charity. Francis issued the marching orders during the ceremony in St. Peter's...

  • Peacemaker program turns guns into garden tools

    Kevin Wilder got on the stage of Beth-El Mennonite Church on Sunday and held up a rifle. He slipped the weapon out of its casing and showed it to an audience of more than 60 people. "My father used this gun to kill himself," he told them. Wilder's father shot himself in 1975, when Wilder was 8 years old. The gun was passed to Wilder....

  • Colorado Springs Diocese reverses clergy shortage

    When he arrived from St. Louis to lead the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs 13 years ago, Bishop Michael Sheridan confronted a dire problem: There was a critical shortage of priests. In the Springs diocese, which reaches from Leadville to Highlands Ranch, only 23 active parish priests struggled to serve some 120,000 Catholics in 41...

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