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Thousands take Good Friday path to Chimayo's sacred grounds

News: Local News Updated: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

The road to Chimayo, N.M. is long and tiring during the Christian holy week leading up to Easter. But the spirits of the estimated 30,000 to 50,000 pilgrims who walk for hours to reach a famous Roman Catholic church outside of Santa Fe are anything but weary. ...

Christian broadcaster James Dobson of Colorado Springs wins health care injunction

News: Local News Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry ...

Coalition of Colorado faith leaders steps up to support same-sex marriage equality

News: Local News Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

The day before oral arguments began Thursday in an Oklahoma same-sex marriage lawsuit, a coalition of 215 faith leaders...

How a wedding cake became a cause

Life Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The encounter at Jack Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute.

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  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians. More than 150,000 tourists — Romans and pilgrims, young and old — turned out for the Mass that Francis celebrated...

  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say...

  • Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers participated in the holy fire ceremony, a momentous spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites. Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of...

  • Easter reflections from the Springs

    Coined by author J.R.R. Tolkien, a "eucatastrophe" is a sudden plot twist near a story's close that saves the characters from certain doom, making way for a happy ending. A devout Catholic, Tolkien saw the story of Jesus as a perfect example of a eucatastrophic tale, a story of good from bad, salvation from suffering. The Easter season is a...

  • Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. Pope Tawadros II is a strong backer of retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who removed the country's first...

  • Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith. To that end, the American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, are holding their annual conference over Easter weekend in the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They...

  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus

    FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus (AP) — An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus' breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots and Muslim Turkish Cypriots on this ethnically divided island. It came when Turkish Cypriot Umit Inatci handed the key of the church...

  • Springs-based Young Life expanding into Missouri

    Colorado Springs-based Young Life, a nondenominational Christian ministry, is planning a $21.5 million expansion on land it owns near Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, with a goal of offering gatherings beyond the traditional summer camps. Young Life representatives said Wednesday that the expansion, called Clearwater Cove, will include...

  • Your Easter weekend guide: Egg hunts, services, bunnies, brunch and more

    Here are some of the highlights this weekend in the Pikes Peak region: Chocolate bunny walk and egg hunt 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane; Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road; $5-$7, for kids ages 2-10, reservations required; 520-6745, --- Hop along the bunny...

  • Lamborn makes push to allow religious expression at academy

    U.S. Rep Doug Lamborn penned a letter signed by 21 of his colleagues demanding that the Air Force relax its rules on religious expression. It's the latest fallout of March's "whiteboard gate," an incident in which a cadet penned a Bible passage on a message board outside a dorm room and voluntarily erased it in the face of complaints of...

  • Making heaven real: Child's account leads to book- and now a movie

    During his six years as a literary agent for Colorado Springs-based Alive Communications, Joel Kneedler has helped publish a hundred books. He also has broken the hearts of hundreds of aspiring authors. "I have conversations where people are bawling, or saying I don't appreciate their life story, or accusing me of not cooperating with God's...

  • Emotions over anti-abortion campaign and SB 175 clash during Saturday Mass at Planned Parenthood

    The final day of an international campaign against abortion called "40 Days for Life" ended Saturday in Colorado Springs with a Catholic Mass in front of Planned Parenthood - accompanied by honking horns and loud chants from about a dozen protesters. On one side, about 40 pro-life supporters, led by Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan....

  • Deacons with local ties to be ordained at Notre Dame

    Two deacons of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers who served in the Colorado Springs area will be ordained to the priesthood April 26 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Revs. Adam D.P. Booth and Patrick E. Reidy will be ordained by Bishop Kevin...

  • Biblical characters offer worthy lessons

    TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In the Christian canon, all figures fall short in the shadow of Jesus Christ but for many, scripture captured the imagination as children in the form of figures like Samson or Jonah. From Esau to Methuselah, the names in the Bible are as numerous as grains of sand. Some characters are granted whole books, while others...

  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women — a leading election-year issue for Democrats. Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address that it's an embarrassment that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education. Obama issued an executive order this past...