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May 19, 2016
WASHINGTON. The Obama administration’s May 13 directive on transgender access to bathrooms "that treats ‘a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex’ is deeply disturbing," said the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops’ committees.

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COLORADO SPRINGS. Saint Mary’s Cathedral will host the Relics of the Passion program on May 28 at 10 a.m. The event, designed to connect participants to the roots of their faith, is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s Cathedral in collaboration with the Apostolate for Holy Relics (AHR), an organization founded 10 years ago in Los Angeles


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By LINDA OPPELT
COLORADO SPRINGS. Most people have at least one family member, friend or coworker that struggles with mental illness. In El Paso County, the suicide rate is the second highest per capita in the country (after Las Vegas), and in Colorado, three out of ten people need behavioral health care.
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By BILL HOWARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop Sheridan has a very special treat in store in the middle of his Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Italy from Sept. 24-Oct. 1. On Sept. 27, when pilgrims have the option of a rest day in Rome or taking a day trip with himself and Msgr. Jaeger to the picturesque city of Assisi.
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By VERONICA AMBUUL
COLORADO SPRINGS. Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and Springs Rescue Mission have forged a partnership that will allow both agencies to do what they do best and provide more aid to a greater number of people in Colorado Springs, the two organizations announced May 10.
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By THERESA WARD
COLORADO SPRINGS. As Partners in Housing prepares to celebrate 25 years of service to the Pikes Peak region, those who work at the agency day-in and day-out say it’s a long way from becoming obsolete.
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By AMY G. PARTAIN
COLORADO SPRINGS. What started out 18 months ago as an essay assignment for Nicholas Baldwin, a senior at St. Mary’s High School, took him to Greece last month. Baldwin traveled to Ancient Olympia, Greece, with a Colorado Springs delegation that included Mayor John Suthers, who is also a St. Mary’s alum, and two other area students as part of the Young Champion Ambassador Program.
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COMMENTARY

By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK, Ph.D.
Arguments in favor of research on human embryos typically play off our unfamiliarity with the way that we ourselves once appeared and existed as embryos. Humans in their tiniest stages are indeed unfamiliar to us, and they hardly look anything like "one of us."
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By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON

In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two entire counties north of Los Angeles, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the long trips a bit easier, I have gotten back into the habit of listening to audio books.

Just recently, I followed, with rapt attention, a book that I had read many years ago but which I had, I confess, largely forgotten: C.S. Lewis’ "The Great Divorce."


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By EXCMO. y RVDMO. MONS. MICHAEL J. SHERIDAN, S.Th.D.
Amoris Laetitia (La Alegría del Amor) [AL], la reciente Exhortación Apostólica del Papa Francisco, que siguió a los dos Sínodos de la Familia, ha atraído mucho la atención de los medios de comunicación. El capítulo 8 del documento es el pararayos. Es allí donde algunos lectores se sienten cómodos haciendo interpretaciones muy diferentes, las cuales han sido la causa de gran confusión entre los fieles.
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By KERRY PEETZ
Can you guess (approximately) how many species of butterfly flutter through our diocese? Four hundred and fifty — yes, that is 450! The Front Range of Colorado is blessed to contain the greatest variety of butterflies found anywhere in the world. Who knew?
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By MOST REV. MICHAEL J. SHERIDAN, S.Th.D.
Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) [AL], the recent Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, following on the two Synods on the Family, has attracted a great deal of media attention. Chapter 8 of the document is the lightning rod. It is there that some readers are comfortable making wildly differing interpretations.
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ARTS & CULTURE

By JOHN MULDERIG, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War NEW YORK. Newcomers to the Marvel Comics universe may find themselves bewildered by the turbulent adventure "Captain America: Civil War" (PG-13, Disney).
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