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VOLUME XCI - NO. 19 | 115 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GOSPEL | MAY 23-29, 2015 | @DenverCatholic | | Catholic Youth Day Wednesday, July 9 A mid the many theological and pas- toral reasons for lowering the age of confi rmation and restoring it to its original place before fi rst Eucharist, none ranks higher for Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver than to pro- vide children with much-needed spiritual strength to become "courageous, authen- tic disciples of Jesus Christ." "In an increasingly secular world," he wrote in the pastoral letter Saints Among Us, released on the solemnity of Pente- cost, "the reality is this: the souls of our children are the battleground." "As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver, I must do everything I can to help those who form children win that battle," he added. In Saints Among Us, the archbishop explains that one way to do this is to "make available every sacramental grace the Church has to oƒ er to children who have reached the age of reason [around 7 years old]." "This is profoundly important," he wrote, "because we live in a diƒ erent spiritual terrain than our parents or grandparents did. Indeed, the spiritual landscape of modern American society underscores the need for chil- dren to receive grace earlier." Saints Among Us BY KARNA SWANSON 303-715-3230 | » 6 ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID HAZEN/PHOTO BY DANIEL PETTY Children need the strength of the Spirit PHOTO BY DANIEL PETTY/DENVER CATHOLIC Meet Denver's fi ve new priests » 8-9

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