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Visit to follow Denver pilgrim Ann Sieben as she walks to Krakow for World Youth Day VOLUME XCII - NO. 11 | 116 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE GOSPEL | JUNE 11-24, 2016 | @DenverCatholic | | Summer escapes » 6 Pray the summer away on a retreat Religious freedom » Saintly relics come to Denver New deaneries » What exactly is a deanery? A dad's life » One dad's take on the first year of fatherhood W hile much of the chatter over Amoris Laetitia has focused on divorced and engaged couples, the Pope also had an urgent plea for the engaged: Be uncommon. Have a simple wedding. "Have the courage to be dierent. Don't let yourselves get swallowed up by a society of consumption and empty appearances," he said.• According to the popular wedding planning website The Knot, the aver- age American wedding costs $32,641. That number increased by $3,000 in six years. And it's not that people are inviting more friends and family—the average number of guests has actually decreased. Couples are just spending more money per guest. In fact, they're spending over $14,000 on the average reception venue, over $5000 on the ring, and $68 per person on catering. Compare that to the $1,901 spent on the BE SIMPLE. BE ONE. BY MELISSA KEATING @AndCompanions » Stunning art » 12 New windows trace the Rosary mysteries As the price of the average American wedding soars, Pope Francis' newest encyclical asks all Catholics to consider how complicated their weddings need to be. PHOTO BY PRAYITNO/FLICKR

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