Christ is crux of Charities’ new logo

Catholic Charities in Denver is unveiling a new logo this week that includes an image of a crucifix once used by St. John Paul II.

Larry Smith, the president and CEO of the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver, said Catholic Charities redesigned its logo as a sign of its renewal and a reminder to everyone of its purpose, which is to first serve Jesus Christ.

The new logo, which depicts the bowed crucifix used on John Paul II’s silver crosier, will be reflected on signs placed outside Catholic Charities’ buildings, on its website, letterhead and other places over the next few months.

“I’ve always loved that crucifix,” Smith said. “I thought what better way to really connect our movement within the archdiocese in Catholic Charities with the beatification of St. John Paul II and to incorporate that crosier into our logo.”

The organization developed ideas for the logo last year during the 20th anniversary of World Youth Day in Denver. When St. John Paul II visited Denver in 1993, he carried a crosier, or staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of his office, that was topped with a crucifix. He was declared a saint this year.

The crucifix is a reminder of the most charitable act of all human kind—Christ’s sacrifice of himself on the cross for the world’s salvation, Smith said.

The logo depicts the words “Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver” underneath that cross, symbolic of its service to Christ and the poor.

“Catholic Charities serves Jesus Christ and in serving Jesus Christ we serve his people and the poor,” Smith said. “We don’t serve the poor and as a result of that wind-up serving Jesus, and I think that’s an important distinction that we certainly want to emphasize. It’s not about us; it’s about Jesus and what he asks us to do as his children and his disciples.”

Catholic Charities serves more than 50,000 annually through some 30 ministries to alleviate the needs of the poor in northern Colorado with compassion, healing and hope.

The new logo was also designed to reflect its universal mission to help those of all faiths and backgrounds.

“What we’re saying is all are welcome,” Smith said.

For Catholic Charities, it’s symbolic of a rededication.

“For me, and for us, it’s a rededication of ourselves to the essence of what we’re all called to do, which is serve Jesus Christ. We’re doing it for him.”

COMING UP: Colorado bishops issue letter on the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life Congressional policies

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We, the Catholic bishops of Colorado, urge Congressional Representatives to support the Hyde Amendment and the Walden Amendment. We also ask the Faithful to sign The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) petition to lawmakers encouraging them to preserve the Hyde Amendment, which can be accessed at:, and to contact their Congressmen and women to support the Hyde and Walden amendments.

The House Appropriations Labor and Health and Human Services subcommittee recently passed a spending bill that strips protections for pre-born children, healthcare providers,and American taxpayers by excluding pro-life provisions, including the Hyde and Weldon amendments.

The Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion in most cases, except for rape and incest, has received bipartisan support since its inception in 1976 – including by pro-abortion administrations. Hyde is critical in saving lives. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that approximately 60,000 pre-born babies are saved every year because of the Hyde Amendment.[1] This is the first time in 40 years that the Hyde Amendment was not included in the annual appropriations bill[2] and failure to include pro-life amendments will only further increase divisions in our country.

The Weldon Amendment prevents any federal programs, agencies, and state and local governments from discriminating against health care practitioners and institutions that do not provide abortion services. It ensures that pro-life individuals and organizations can enter the health care profession without fearing that the government will force them to perform a procedure that violates their well-founded convictions. It has also received bipartisan support and was added to the appropriations bill every year since it was first enacted in 2005. [3]

Congress’ recent actions endanger the lives of pre-born children and infringe on the rights of millions of Americans who do not wish to participate in the moral evil of abortion. A recent Knights of Columbus/Marist poll found that 58 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions[4] and a 2019 Gallup poll shows that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in a few circumstances.[5]

The government should neither use taxpayer funds for the killing of pre-born children nor compel medical practitioners and institutions to violate their well-founded convictions. Congress must uphold these long-standing, common-sense bipartisan policies that promote a culture of life in our nation.

Human reason and science affirm that human life begins at conception. The Church objects to abortion on the moral principle that each and every human life has inherent dignity, and thus must be treated with respect due to every human person. There has never been and never will be a legitimate need to abort a baby in the womb.

It is critical that Congress continue its long-history of supporting policies such as the Hyde and Walden amendments, and that all Colorado Catholics and people of good will make their voice heard in supporting these life-affirming policies.

Sign the petition to Congress here:

Contact your Congressional Representatives here:

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of Denver

Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Most Reverend James R. Golka
Bishop of Colorado Springs

Most Reverend Jorge Rodriguez
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver