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No Valentine's Day exception on Ash Wednesday

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bad news for Connecticut Roman Catholics hoping to enjoy a steak dinner, wine or chocolate on Valentine's Day: There won't be a pass on the obligations that begin that day with the start of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday, the holy day that marks the beginning of the penitential 40-day season of Lent, falls on Valentine's Day. ...Read more

No Valentine's Day exception on Ash Wednesday

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Bad news for Connecticut Roman Catholics hoping to enjoy a steak dinner, wine or chocolate on Valentine's Day: There won't be a pass on the obligations that begin that day with the start of Lent.

This year Ash Wednesday, the holy day that marks the beginning of the penitential 40-day season of Lent, falls on Valentine's Day. ...Read more

Light Notes: Military wife empowered to see hope in adversity

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Long before "girl power" was in vogue and Beyonce had added her voice to the mix, one young woman was already learning what it took to be strong.

"I was a tomboy farm girl, I guess," Tiffany Smiley said as she reminisced about growing up north of Pasco, Wash., miles from town, and often sporting bows and ribbons in her hair. "Those country girl...Read more

Light Notes: Love connects at highway collision

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Love. The bond that laces hearts together.

Is it confined to time and space, the here and now? Or does it reach beyond the confines of human comprehension, limitless in its ability to touch another?

Love, like life, can be hard to explain.

"We had a connection from the start," 23-year-old Bailey Jasper of Moses Lake, Wash., said as she ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Grow deep roots for dry seasons in your life

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Recently while walking out in our shrub steppe desert, I noticed that at least one species of sage has been trying to bloom tiny yellow blossoms. That was even before the recent rainstorms.

You know how dry it has been all summer, so the tenacity of these remarkable plants is rather impressive. I'm no biologist, but am aware that the only way ...Read more

Court rejects appeal of former Washington state football coach who prayed after games

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SEATTLE -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request by former Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy to reconsider its refusal to reinstate him to his job after he was fired for refusing to stop praying on the football field, and his attorneys vow they'll take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-member panel...Read more

Pope Francis apologizes to abuse victims for comments in Chile, still defends controversial bishop

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LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis has apologized for his highly criticized assertion during a trip to Chile last week that people who have accused a bishop of covering up the alleged sexual abuse of minors by another priest must provide proof.

Francis told the media Thursday that there was no "proof" that Chilean Bishop Juan Barros covered up abuse. ...Read more

In Peru, pope laments the state of urban poor

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LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis ended his trip to Chile and Peru on Sunday with a warning about the plight of the urban poor and what he termed the "globalization of indifference" toward their fate.

"They are found along our roadsides, living on the fringes of our cities, and lacking the conditions needed for a dignified existence," Francis said in ...Read more

Analysis: Pope uses Latin American trips to recover soul of the Catholic Church

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WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis' fifth trip to Latin America in just five years as leader of the Roman Catholic Church demonstrates his careful attempt to recapture the soul of the church in the region.

During his weeklong travel through Chile and Peru, the Argentine-born pope's message often has stood in marked contrast to those delivered by two ...Read more

Pope Francis' visit to South America shifts to troubled Amazon

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PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru -- Pope Francis' South America visit shifts focus Friday to one of the world's most challenging but critical environments -- the Amazon rain forest -- where both the land and native peoples face threats from illegal logging, illicit mining and other activities.

On the fifth day of his swing through Chile and Peru, Francis...Read more

In Chile, Pope Francis calls for greater compassion toward immigrants

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis began the fourth day of his South American trip in northern Chile exhorting the faithful to be more tolerant of immigrants before flying on to Peru for the second leg of his journey, where his pastoral focus is expected to be on the environment and the rights of the indigenous.

He celebrated a Mass in Lobito ...Read more

More violence reported as Pope Francis visits homeland of Mapuche indigenous group in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Wednesday in the homeland of Chile's Mapuche indigenous community, paying tribute to a group that has been engaged in a sometimes violent struggle to bolster autonomy and reclaim lost ancestral lands.

In the third day of his swing through Chile and Peru, Francis flew to the city of Temuco, 420 ...Read more

The long fight of the Mapuche people at times has turned violent. Pope Francis is about to get involved

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis will step into the middle of one of South America's longest-running conflicts Wednesday when he visits the largely indigenous Araucania region of Chile.

In the century and a half since they were conquered by Chile's military, the Mapuche people have continued to resist, demanding greater autonomy, legal ...Read more

Pope Francis, in Chile, apologizes for sexual abuse by priests

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis on Tuesday opened his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru with a somber apology for sexual abuse by priests, a scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church.

"I cannot help but express the pain and shame, shame that I feel over the irreparable harm caused to children by church ministers," Francis said at the La Moneda...Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Chile, honors 'bishop of poor'

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- Pope Francis arrived here in the Chilean capital Monday evening to start a weeklong swing through Chile and Peru in which he is expected to highlight the plight of indigenous peoples, the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and the precarious status of immigrants and the poor.

In an eleventh-hour schedule shift, Francis ...Read more

Light Notes: Two semis crush man's pickup but not his faith

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The fog -- an impenetrable blanket of gray in the winter morning darkness -- wrapped its heavy mist around the stalled, disoriented driver. But piercing the young man's senses was the smell of diesel fuel, shards of broken glass and the beam of swiftly approaching headlights.

"I looked out my passenger window and all I could see were the semi's...Read more

Spiritual Life: Loving others shows Christ-like servanthood

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America, not so very long ago, practiced what was known as "full service."

There were full-service gas stations -- store employees would carry your groceries to your car and the milk man would deliver milk right to your doorstep. Today, however, we are more familiar with "self-serve" or "self service."

Self-serve. It's an interesting play on ...Read more

High praise: Pot churches proliferate as states ease access to marijuana

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Services at the Coachella Valley Church begin and end with the Lord's Prayer.

In between, there is the sacrament.

"Breathe deep and blow harder," intoned Pastor Grant Atwell after distributing small marijuana joints to 20 worshippers on a recent Sunday afternoon. "Nail the insight down, whether you get it from marijuana or ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Allow God to 'repot' your life in new fertile soil

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My spouse's solution to most indoor plant problems is to repot. I am in no way qualified to critique her approach to plant growth and vitality -- because it works.

When the need arises, I grab the requisite larger pot, some rich potting soil and a water container and meet her outside. Together, we gently ease the plant out of the now ...Read more

Light Notes: A cry for help transforms drug-addicted mom

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Hopeless by anyone's standards: Three felonies, hooked on meth, countless hours of jail time and enough mug shots to wallpaper one of her kid's bedroom door.

With a rap sheet that reads like a hardened criminal, Alisha hit bottom in life -- at thirty. But her impassioned cry for help after 14 years of methamphetamine addiction didn't go ...Read more

 

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