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Colorado drops coronavirus capacity limits on houses of worship after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Colorado has dropped its coronavirus capacity limits on houses of worship and religious events, including weddings and funerals, after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling cast doubt on the legality of such restrictions. State public health officials are still recommending that houses of worship limit the number of people attending services. But an amended order […]

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Opinion: Colorado bishops speak out on COVID-19 and court’s church ruling

An open letter to Gov. Jared Polis: Dear Governor Polis, As spiritual leaders overseeing 427 churches in Colorado, we are critical of the recent federal court ruling regarding public health, which allows faith communities to not adhere to state public health mandates regarding crowd size and mask wearing. Studies have shown how many of the […]

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Colorado’s Catholic dioceses paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of priest abuse

Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses have paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of sexual abuse by priests.  That’s according to an update Friday from the managers of the state’s Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program, which fielded claims from survivors and determined their credibility and eligibility for compensation, and how much money each should be given by […]

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Churches as empty as the tomb: Coloradans adapt to celebrate Easter together as coronavirus forces them apart

DELTA — It’s a few minutes before dawn when the first cars pull in, the moon still bright overhead, the ground soft and damp from overnight rains. Snow flurries are visible high over the Grand Mesa to the north.  “Good morning,” said guitarist Rob Wolcott, the first person to arrive at the Tru Vu Drive […]

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The coronavirus has disrupted the rhythm of Coloradans’ daily life. That can leave uncomfortable voids.

Well into the stay-at-home order for all Coloradans prompted by the new coronavirus, the incremental isolation strategies have brought one thing into sharp focus: We are creatures of habit, and many once-reliable social — and even spiritual — anchors have all but disappeared. They pale in comparison to the dangers posed by the pandemic. But […]

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A Snapchat video of a 13-year-old boy’s suicide roiled a Colorado town — and left police chasing social media ghosts

DACONO — On a May night just after the end of the school year, 13-year-old Von Mercado opened a Snapchat video call and set his cellphone on the ground in his backyard. Then he climbed a ladder next to a tree and stepped off.  The girl he had a crush on, the one who had […]

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At least 166 children have been sexually abused by Catholic priests in Colorado since 1950, new report finds

Catholic priests in Colorado sexually abused at least 166 children since 1950, according to a damning, 263-page report released Wednesday by an independent investigator who found the church expunged files and covered up abuse for decades. It took nearly 20 years on average for the church to stop an abusive priest after receiving an abuse […]