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  • Ben Carson draws a huge crowd at Colorado Springs book signing

    More than an hour before Ben Carson was set to arrive, a few hundred people were lined up outside Mardel, a Christian and education supply store in Colorado Springs. The supporters wore pins, clutched copies of his books and held signs, imploring Carson, a former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, to run for...

  • Pope's Iraq envoy: Minorities need to be defended

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq says religious minorities being attacked by Islamic militants must be defended now and given international protection so they can return home, reinforcing the Vatican's position that military force is justified in this case. Asked about the U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State, Francis said this...

  • Pittsburgh bishop taking ALS challenge for priest

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh plans to take the ice bucket challenge to support a priest who has Lou Gehrig's disease, but says he will donate his money to a charity that doesn't use embryonic stem cells for its research. Bishop David Zubik's announcement comes after the Archdiocese of Cincinnati...

  • Colorado Springs organization scrambling to help flood victims in India

    Devastating flooding in north India has a Colorado Springs organization scrambling to help. Flooding has forced people in Motipur, India, to evacuate from their homes. They're in need of food, clean water and hygiene products, according to the faith-based organization ServeNow. Volunteers with ServeNow will be purchasing and filling buckets...

  • Colorado won't see gay marriage yet

    DENVER — Gay marriage isn't coming to Colorado yet. A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed an analogous ruling...

  • Oklahoma Catholic archbishop files lawsuit against Satanist group related to 'black mass'

    The Oklahoma City Catholic archbishop has filed a lawsuit against a Satanist group, alleging it stole a sacred and revered item from a Catholic church for use in its “black mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.  Wednesday, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley filed the lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court asking a district court judge “to...

  • Car crash in Argentina kills 3 relatives of pope

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the pope along with the man's wife and two young children slammed into the back of a truck,...

  • Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis made a new gesture of outreach to China and North Korea on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" hopes to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conquerer" trying to take away the identity of others. Francis outlined his priorities for the Catholic Church in Asia during a...

  • Colorado Springs church to dedicate portion of service to slain Ferguson man

    Moment 
of silence The Rev. Terry McCray of Payne Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will pause for a moment of silence for Michael Brown during 
the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Brown was killed Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. The service will be one of reflection and community awareness, McCray said in a news release. "On this day, as a...

  • Who stopped China Catholics going to South Korea?

    BEIJING (AP) — Days after Chinese officials blocked Catholics from seeing the pope in South Korea, it's still unclear who was behind the action or why it was taken. Experts on the Chinese church said the travel bans were likely the work of overzealous local Communist Party bureaucrats responsible for religious affairs. However, the central...

  • Pope runs late, asks to skip prayers _ or else!

    KKOTTOGNAE, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis has long been a stickler for setting aside enough time to pray, getting up at 4:30 a.m. to ensure he isn't rushed through his daily meditations. But he sheepishly asked to skip evening vespers on Saturday after he ran behind schedule during a busy day that saw him celebrate a Mass before about...

  • Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

    DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of the region's powerhouses where financial gain is a key barometer of success. Francis received a...

  • Denver religious leaders want ISIS stopped

    DENVER — The Catholic archbishop of Denver and other religious leaders in the city are asking President Obama to stop Iraqi militants threatening Christians in Iraq. Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and the leaders are set to sign a statement Monday morning asking the president to work through both diplomatic channels and "ethical intervention" to...

  • Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed outrage at violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of thirst, and called on the world "to stop these crimes." In a strongly worded message during his traditional Sunday blessing, Francis said the news from Iraq "leaves us in dismay and disbelief." He...

  • Shambhala Mountain Center home of peace, study and the largest stupa in North America

    About an hour from Fort Collins, in a sweeping meadow in the rolling mountains, you might be surprised to find a 108-foot-tall ornate building shaped a bit like the Taj Mahal. It's a stupa, the largest in North America. And not far from The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya is the Shambhala Mountain Center, a 600-acre Buddhist retreat (which includes...

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