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It’s been empty since June of 2020 and the statue that once stood atop the granite pedestal is packaged away somewhere near the State Capitol. St. Paul restaurateur Pat Mancini knows that it is unlikely the 10-foot-tall bronze depiction of Christopher Columbus will ever return to its previous perch. But he wonders if the time has come to do somethi...

The return by the United States of the statue of the 'Doriphorus of Stabia' has become a court case. Smuggled clandestinely, the finest copy of the original by Polyclitus, it is on display at a Minneapolis museum. A lengthy court case ordered its international rogatory, but U.S. authorities to date have done nothing. The statue remains there and no...

For more than a year, Denver and Colorado have welcomed more than 38,000 migrants in search of refuge from the turmoil in their homelands in South and Central America. In the core sense of the word, “refuge” evokes hope, comfort, and safety. This is what Denver, some non-profit charities, and the State of Colorado have provided in the absence of co...

A foundation dedicated to spreading devotion to St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, is set to open a chapel in rural Kansas this weekend that will permanently host a first-class relic of the saint.  Luciano Lamonarca, the founder of the Saint Pio Foundation, told CNA that the plan is to inaugurate five chapels dedicated to the saint,...

Even though it’s only the beginning of February, Christians worldwide are already preparing for Easter. The season of Lent — 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving — begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14. It will last until Easter on March 31. For the first time in five years, the Mother Cabrini Shrine near Golden is offering a Lenten series at 6...

When Littleton local John Rosa was a child, he used to write comic books. He also wrote for his student newspapers in middle and high school. He went on to become a journalist, even working as an editor at Colorado Community Media. Now, Rosa has come full circle back to fiction. He’s taken his creative mind and writing skills to the next level in h...

Little Italy Foundation launches Little Italy Midwest and offers free memberships for all Italian Americans living in the Midwest. The Little Italy Foundation was founded in 2021 by founder Jennifer Caito-Ellingson for the purpose of saving the Little Italy enclave in the Des Moines Iowa area. However, in her leadership with other Italian American...

The Cathedral of St. Paul recently discovered some of the treasured history behind its artwork. It starts with a teenage sculptor from Italy who traveled to the capital city in the early 1900s. His grandsons are now sharing untold stories about an artist remembered as the cathedral's Michelangelo. The Capecchi cousins — Jerry and brothers Mark and...

Denver city officials said Monday they would not put back up a statue of Christopher Columbus that was torn down by protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in 2020. The fate of the monument – and another of frontiersman Kit Carson that the city pro-actively removed after the Columbus monument was toppled – had been in limbo for years. “The...

An event including presentations and a roundtable discussion on the topic of Italians in Wyoming will be held at Western Wyoming Community College on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm. A light reception provided by the Tyrolean Trentini of Wyoming Club will follow the presentation in the WWCC Atrium.  Rock Springs filmmaker, Mark Pedri, and scholars,...

As Colorado continues to see an influx of migrants, the state celebrates a new figure in place of Christopher Columbus. In 2020, Gov. Jared Polis replaced Columbus Day with Cabrini Day, in honor of Frances Xavier Cabrini, the Catholic patron saint of immigrants.  "Oh my gosh, blessed. The first woman in Colorado and USA, so we are more than happy t...

In collaboration with the Honorary Consul in Minneapolis-St. Paul and with theItalian Cultural Center di Minneapolis/St.Paul (ICC), a 'Passport Day' has been announced for October 20th 2023 at the ICC in Minneapolis for the acquisition of biometric data for the purpose of issuing a passport, instead of going to the headquarters of the Consulate Gen...