Carmen Elena Villa

Columnist

What being a saint does not mean

In his apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), Pope Francis speaks simply and concretely about the type of holiness that all baptized Christians are called to in […]

The saints ‘next door’

Every Christian has a goal, a longing in their heart, a yearning to become a saint. Yes, a saint. It’s not about holding an important office in the ecclesiastical hierarchy […]

Paul, Apostle of Christ captures what it is to live, die for Christ

If there could be a word to describe the new film Paul, Apostle of Christ, it could be “martyrdom” — martyrdom suffered by the first Christians persecuted by Paul himself […]

What it’s like to play Jesus in the Way of the Cross play

Moisés Martin, a member of the young adults group at Queen of Peace Parish in Aurora, will be personifying Jesus at the bilingual Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) play […]

“Don’t say that you’re too young!”: Four men ordained to the transitional diaconate

During the diaconate ordination this past Saturday, February 10th, in The Cathedral Basilica of The Immaculate Conception in Denver, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila told the four candidates to not feel […]

The voice of the Church against contraceptives

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, on human life in which Pope Paul VI spoke of married love amid the new challenges […]

Bishop Rodriguez: The excitement of seeing the “Tilma” brings you to tears

Auxiliary Bishop of Denver Jorge Rodriguez referred to all those who have had the opportunity of visiting the Basilica of Guadalupe and passed under the “Tilma” of St. Juan Diego […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe by the numbers

“From heaven, a beautiful morning light, the Guadalupan, came down to Tepeyac. Between the roses, on the tilma, she deigned to leave us her beloved image.” This is a rendering of […]

God’s love has no walls

The Sunday after Thanksgiving took on special meaning for the immigrant community in northern Colorado. On the solemnity of Christ the King, Bishop Jorge H. Rodriguez celebrated a Spanish-language Mass […]

Q&A: Bishop Jorge H. Rodríguez reflects on first year of his episcopate

Bishop Jorge Rodríguez spoke with Denver Catholic in Spanish about his first year as a bishop, the new tasks he’s taken on, and the reflections that have come to mind […]

The first martyrs of America

The recent canonization of Cristobal, Antonio, and Juan, officially declared the new saints as the first martyrs of the New World. The 12 and 13-year-old saints were murdered between the […]

Stanley Francis Rother, a shepherd who didn’t run

Father Stanley Francis Rother, an Oklahoma native, knew his life was in danger. Why? Because he was a missionary priest in Santiago de Atitlán, Guatemala, an area affected by the […]