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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its...

  • 32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

    The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the U.S. and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said. Church leaders...

  • Changes to former hotel net award for ministry

    With $1.5 million in renovations to the former Grand View Hotel, Summit Ministries has demonstrated it believes in Manitou Springs. Summit Ministries, which offers student leadership programs during the summer, and nine others won the city's Historical Preservation Commission award. The commission hand picks the people and organizations that...

  • 'Fastest Nun in the West' on path for sainthood

    he Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the "Sainthood Cause" for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and...

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion. Some powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of...

  • Vatican casts doubt on papal World Cup party

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday that the hour of the final is late for Francis' routine, and acknowledged with a...

  • Louisiana ruling on confession rankles Catholics

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth. The ruling revives a lawsuit that contends a priest should have reported allegations of sexual abuse disclosed to him during private confessions and opens the door for a...

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