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Open Wide Our Hearts: Lessons in racism from a pilgrimage to Montgomery

By Sister Marion Weinzapfel, csj Just why would a group composed of Denver’s Auxiliary Bishop Jorge H. Rodriguez, a parish priest, a deacon and his wife, several religious women and […]

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Monet and the Catholic approach to beauty

In his new book, Beauty: What It Is and Why It Matters (Sophia, 2019), John-Mark Miravalle relates how beauty combines the objective quality of order with the subjective experience of […]

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Giving thanks for God’s 2019 graces

Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, is quickly approaching. And while it is usually celebrated in non-religious ways, there is a truth present at its heart that Father Jacques Philippe calls […]

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Why did the Wall fall, 30 years ago?

November 9 marked the 30th anniversary of the peaceful breach of the Berlin Wall — the symbolic high point of the Revolution of 1989, which would be completed seven weeks […]

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The ‘synodality’ masquerade  

During the 2001 Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who’d suffered through a lot of synodal speechifying and small-group discussions over the years, made a trenchant observation: “Jesus […]

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A time to reflect on death

November is a month when the Church asks us to pray for the dead. After celebrating those in heaven on Nov. 1, we pray for all the faithful departed who […]

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How to cultivate contemporary vocations

This week we observe Vocations Awareness Week, a time set aside to promote awareness of the call to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. These personal callings to become more […]

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Fearlessness and the American bishops in Rome

I once knew a Congregationalist minister — Yale Divinity School graduate, decorated World War II chaplain, veteran campaigner for then-unpopular liberal causes — of whom it was said (sometimes by […]

King Coal and the dignity of workers King Coal and the dignity of workers

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King Coal and the dignity of workers

I grew up hearing stories about life in the coal mines. They were delivered in my grandfather’s heavy Italian accent, and often concluded with a punchline I didn’t entirely understand. […]

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A new cardinal honors an entire nation 

ROME. Even the greatest enthusiasts of the present pontificate might not assert that Pope Francis has an inspiring liturgical style. Like the old-school Jesuit he resembles in many ways, the […]

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The prophetic voice of Cardinal Robert Sarah

Pope St. John XXIII sought to initiate a new period of optimistic engagement with the modern world by opening the Second Vatican Council in 1962. He spoke of opening the […]

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Reconciling the sins of the past

Father Randy Dollins is the Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Denver.  In this column, he shares some reflections on the Church in Colorado moving forward, […]