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ALTOONA, Iowa  —  Easter Sunday isn’t the only holiday that the Vatican wants you to celebrate this month.

Today Bishop Richard Pates announced a new initiative across all central Iowa parishes.  The Diocese of Greater Des Moines wants all schools, churches and hospitals under its direction to install solar panels.  The initiative was borne from a message from Pope Francis calling on all Catholics to be better stewards of the Earth and ensure they are making it better for the next generation by combating climate change.

Saint John the Apostle Church in Norwalk is already leading the way.  The church installed a solar array last August and now gets about 40% of its energy from the sun.  Bishop Pates says the project will save more than just the Earth.

“On the one hand we’re doing something that we think is really morally imperative and important for everyone in terms of climate change,” Pates says, “We’re doing it in such a way that it won’t be especially demanding of our parishes economically because we have a situation where there actually will be cost savings.”

The project is made possible through a partnership with Red Lion Renewables in Norwalk and the national group Catholic Energies.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A snake in a bathtub has one couple speaking out; they’re demanding their money back and they want out of their lease. And, the snake isn’t the only problem they say they have with their apartment.

“The water damage, after the first snowfall, there’s a big bulge in our room on the side of the wall and there’s like brown water seeping through it. Mice. We`ve seen a rat.”

Tanarra Gray says unit # 2 at the Clarkson Woods Apartments at 2535 Clarkson Ave, has been a nightmare ever since she, her son, and her fiance moved in on January 1st.

“What you see on the wall here, that wasn’t like that when we first moved in here,” said Gray. “It was a little bulge…”

Gray says ever since she and her family moved into the apartment unit, they discovered problem after problem.

From mold…

“My sister is allergic to mold, has asthma. She can’t even walk in this apartment….”

To windows that Gray says were not installed properly.

“It was not closed,” said Gray. “We taped this whole wall off with plastic and duck tape, because we thought maybe it would help it not freeze in here, but it didn`t.”

And then came a snake.

“Recently a snake came through the drain and so that was the final straw,” said Gray. “We left. We`ve been staying at my mom’s house.”

Gray wasn’t home at the time that the limbless reptile slithered through.

“I was at work and my fiancé called me crying,” said Gray. “My godson and my son were in the background crying and she told me that there was this snake in the bathroom. My son went to use the bathroom and my five-year-old is the one who found it.”

WHO-TV Channel 13 News asked the landlord, Ryan Winter of RE Specialists, L.L.C., to do an interview for this report. Winter declined, but he did say off camera that maintenance did remove what he called a garden snake from the bathtub.

“I don`t care what snake it was,” said Gray. “It shouldn’t have been in my apartment, either way it goes. I mean, a snake is a snake and it shouldn’t have been in my apartment.”

“Clearly there are some things that need to be taken care of,” said Marquese Morris, Owner of MJ & A Remodel Experts LLC. Morris is the subcontractor that’s been hired to take care of those things and he says he’s aware of Gray’s complaints.

“This is an older building,” said Morris. “When things like this come under new management, things that go on through the seasons aren’t really foreseeable. You know, if you have, sort of, foundation issues, the ground is starting to thaw out. Things are starting to crack, so with an older building those issues are to be expected.”