Pope John XXII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized April 27 in Rome.

The ‘last encyclicals’ of two saintly popes

On April 27, Pope Francis will canonize “Good Pope John XXIII” and “John Paul the Great.” Together these two popes produced 22 encyclicals on a wide range of topics. What is most striking to us as Little Sisters of the Poor at the service of the elderly are the “last encyclicals” of these two great… Read more »

Daniel Barela

Amsterdam isn’t Colorado, Mayor Hancock

On a trip that included a stop in London, the mayor of Denver met with municipal officials to gain information on the Dutch capital’s marijuana policies. Perceptions about the Dutch capital vary greatly and a comparison of Colorado and Holland may show something different than one might expect. One common misconception is that marijuana is… Read more »

A plaque at the Columbine Memorial at Clement Park in Littleton.

Out of evil comes a greater good

After the tragedy at Columbine High School 15 years ago, it seemed impossible the pain would ever subside, that life could go on; that any good could come from such evil. On April 20, 1999, two students entered the Littleton school and sprayed the library with bullets, killing 12 classmates, one teacher, and injuring 26… Read more »

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Do you know Colorado’s abortion laws?

The following story is a reprint from the Sept. 11, 2013, Denver Catholic Register (“Awareness alert: knowing Colorado’s abortion laws may help change them”) to aid Catholics in understanding current laws related to abortion in the state  in the wake of proposed, and recently defeated,  abortion rights legislation, Senate Bill 175. Since the 1973 Roe v…. Read more »

Pope John XXII and Pope John Paul II will be canonized April 27 in Rome.

The ‘last encyclicals’ of two saintly popes

On April 27, Pope Francis will canonize “Good Pope John XXIII” and “John Paul the Great.” Together these two popes produced 22 encyclicals on a wide range of topics. What is most striking to us as Little Sisters of the Poor at the service of the elderly are the “last encyclicals” of these two great… Read more »

Daniel Barela

Amsterdam isn’t Colorado, Mayor Hancock

On a trip that included a stop in London, the mayor of Denver met with municipal officials to gain information on the Dutch capital’s marijuana policies. Perceptions about the Dutch capital vary greatly and a comparison of Colorado and Holland may show something different than one might expect. One common misconception is that marijuana is… Read more »

A plaque at the Columbine Memorial at Clement Park in Littleton.

Out of evil comes a greater good

After the tragedy at Columbine High School 15 years ago, it seemed impossible the pain would ever subside, that life could go on; that any good could come from such evil. On April 20, 1999, two students entered the Littleton school and sprayed the library with bullets, killing 12 classmates, one teacher, and injuring 26… Read more »

State Capitol #1

Do you know Colorado’s abortion laws?

The following story is a reprint from the Sept. 11, 2013, Denver Catholic Register (“Awareness alert: knowing Colorado’s abortion laws may help change them”) to aid Catholics in understanding current laws related to abortion in the state  in the wake of proposed, and recently defeated,  abortion rights legislation, Senate Bill 175. Since the 1973 Roe v…. Read more »

Students in Mrs. Wellems' third-grade class at St. John the Baptist School in Longmont celebrate being back in their room March 31 following renovations needed after flood damage last September.

Shelters rebuilt after the storm

Last September, dark skies dumped 20 inches of rain when a front stalled over northern Colorado Sept. 9 and persisted for nearly a week. The downpour resulted in catastrophic flooding that took lives, displaced tens of thousands and damaged more than 17,000 structures over 20,000 square miles. The Denver Archdiocese sustained more than $2 million… Read more »

Renovations to the 55-year-old education building at St. Joseph Parish in Golden were recently completed to improve it functionality and appearance.

Efficient meets attractive in Golden remodel

Thanks to recent renovations, St. Joseph Parish in Golden is no longer heating the neighborhood with the boiler in their 1959 education building. They are happily warming the community with their spiritual presence, as they have done since 1859. “Before, we were literally heating the outside,” explained Father Joseph Monahan, pastor since 1997. “Since the… Read more »

St. Joseph Polish children's Mass, Stations of Cross

A chance for renewal

Father Marek Ciesla, pastor of St. Joseph Polish Church, instructs children during Sunday Mass about preparation for Lent and how the liturgical time is a chance for renewal. Children stood under the parish’s refurbished Stations of the Cross, a reminder of this renewal, while Father Ciesla sprinkled the parishioners and Stations with holy water.

This new window, one of 16 recently installed at Our Lady of Loreto Church, represents the "celestial Denver."

Windows reflect kingdom of God

Sixteen new pieces of contemporary theological art have been installed at Our Lady of Loreto Church in the form of stained glass windows. “They’re stunning,” pastor Msgr. Edward Buelt told the Register Feb. 27, while the parish was in the midst of an installation process that began Feb. 24. “Photos don’t even begin to compare… Read more »

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Saintly inspiration

Days after John Paul II is canonized in Rome, seminarians and Denver faithful will gather for the annual seminary dinner to share how the saint influenced their lives. This year’s May 3 seminary dinner to benefit St. John Vianney Theological Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary will become a chance to remember the late… Read more »

Michael Schiano

Math and speech teacher wins 9News award

Channel 9News’ anchor Gary Shapiro visited Most Precious Blood School in March to interview teacher Michael Schiano for his exemplary teaching skills and care for students. Schiano, who teaches middle school math and coaches the speech team, won the TV station’s “Teacher Who Cares” award. Known among students as “The Big Spaccone” (Italian for “the… Read more »

Kiara Johnson, left, celebrates after her speech at the Hope Springs Eternal Luncheon April 3 with Seeds of Hope director Natalie Mesko, center, and Kiara’s mother Debra Johnson, right.

Student abandoned at birth flourishes at Catholic school

Kiara Johnson discovered her love for reading and writing at Annunciation School. “It’s just a fun thing to do, maybe because I have such a big imagination and I am able to express myself through writing,” she said from her home in Denver. The 13-year-old is graduating eighth grade and will attend Arrupe Jesuit High… Read more »

2014 Respect Life Essay contest winners

Youths win pro-life themed art, essay awards

This year’s Respect Life essay and art contestants pose with their winning entries March 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception downtown. The winners stood with clergy and were honored for their work that expressed their pro-life convictions. First-place art winners are eighth-grader Dylan Devlin of St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver,… Read more »

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Interview with “Heaven Is for Real” author Todd Burpo

The movie “Heaven Is For Real,” based on the 2010 book of the same name opens in theaters April 16. In 2012, the Denver Catholic Register interviewed the book’s author, Todd Burpo, who shared the story of his son Colton’s near-death experience, prior to the family’s visit to the Denver Archdiocese for the annual Guppy… Read more »

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope calls for protection of unborn, elderly

VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org) – Pope Francis today reiterated the Church’s love for human life, encouraging that life be protected especially at its beginning stages, from conception, and at the end, with the elderly. The pope said this as he addressed representatives from the Italian pro-life movement. “We know it, human life is sacred and inviolable…. Read more »

St. Fidelis Church, the Cathedral of the Plains, in Victoria, Kansas.

PHOTO ALBUM: Vatican approves church on the plains as basilica

St. Fidelis Church on the plains of western Kansas has been named a minor basilica by the Vatican. The 141-foot twin towers of the Cathedral of the Plains, as it was dubbed by presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan when visiting in 1912, stand out impressively in the small farming community of Victoria, Kansas off Interstate… Read more »

Protection of minors a priority for pope, commission member says

 VATICAN CITY (CNA/Europa Press)—A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that the initiative demonstrates Pope Francis’ concern regarding the immediacy of the issue. “I believe that people realize that this is an issue that Pope Francis has put on his agenda and with… Read more »