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Bizarre history grows into 175 years of faith in Ritter

  By PAUL A. BARRA RITTER — The 175th anniversary Mass of St. James the Greater began with its famed Gospel choir leading a stirring rendition of “We Have Come This Far by Faith.” The hymn represents the history of the faith community that has come to be known as Catholic Hill. It is a […]

Catholic teaching on embryonic stem-cell research: clear, consistent

  By BISHOP ROBERT J. BAKER President Bush’s statement Aug. 9 on embryonic stem-cell research prompted immediate response from Catholic leaders and theologians around the country. Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston applauded him for setting limits to any future experimentation on embryos, but regretted his decision to allow federal funding on existing embryonic stem-cell lines. […]

Anti-Catholic tracts now off the menu at Lancaster pizza parlor

  By DEIRDRE C. MAYS LANCASTER — An interdenominational group of quilters meeting at St. Catherine Church Aug. 4 thought ordering pizzas would be an enjoyable repast, but they got an extra topping of anti-Catholic pamphlets that left more than a bad taste in their mouths. Upon receiving their delivery from Fox’s Pizza Den, Laura […]

Charleston students connect with fellow Catholics

  CHARLESTON  Five students from the College of Charleston joined their peers from the world over at the 2nd Annual Prince of Liechtenstein Catholic Leaders Fellowship. The conference, held in the Swiss-Franco region of Europe, brings together Catholic students and teaches them about Catholicism giving them the knowledge to effectively share their faith. “It’s […]

Camp Opportunity changes lives of counselors, campers

  By SARAH FRANCES HARTLEY A happy child skips down a grassy path hand in hand with a teen-ager who listens intently to the child’s cheerful chatter. Although this child appears to be happy and just like most elementary age children, she has experienced pain. She knows how it feels to be ignored; she knows […]

Questions of ‘what if’ continue to mark life of 19th century Jesuit

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — Almost a century and a half after his death, the life of Jesuit Father James Wallace continues to fascinate researchers and scholars. Early this year, diocesan archivist Mary Giles was notified by officials at Georgetown University that the school was in possession of 250 historical documents that rightfully belonged […]

If you think you have problems, read on …

By MSGR. DON GORSKI Today — Tuesday — is my day off. I went into Tumbes (a half-hour away) to the bank, the post office, and to do various chores. When I got back, a small army of young people were as usual awaiting the banana truck from Ecuador. They sometimes wait for an hour […]

Disciples of Christ called to be heralds and servants

  By JORDAN MCMORROUGH CHARLESTON — A day of recollection, observed on the feast of St. John Vianney, Aug. 3, drew eight priests and five seminarians to the Drexel House for volunteers on Wentworth Street in the Holy City recently. Father Martin Laughlin, who has previously served as vicar for education for the diocese and […]

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