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Geologist says Christian theology supports protection of the environment

COLUMBIA – A geologist whose main professional interest is the environment told a group of parish leaders on March 11 that “the doctrine of bodily resurrection implies that the whole universe will share in our ultimate destination.” John R. “Jack” Gelting was trying to convince members of the Midlands Parishes Environmental Committee that Christian theology, […]

‘The Rapture Trap’ author discusses Christ’s second coming

GREENVILLE – Getting too caught up in the “end times fever,” made currently popular in the Left Behind series, can be detrimental to one’s religious health, a former evangelical Protestant pastor and author said. Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., told around 200 Catholics and Protestants that there is no Biblical foundation to support the notion of a […]

In Mass for peace, faithful are encouraged in prayer and solidarity

CHARLESTON — While war raged in Iraq, the first day of spring, a season of birth and renewal, was marked at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with a special Mass for peace and the protection of military forces. The special liturgy was held March 21 and celebrated by Msgr. Joseph R. Roth, vicar […]

Prince of Peace mothers believe PopTots is a healthy ministry

TAYLORS — A ministry that started as a play time for a half-dozen youngsters has grown into a love fest for dozens of mothers, their families and a community. “It’s not just a playgroup. It’s so much more. It’s a ministry of love,” said Jenny McGrady, who started PopTots nearly three years ago at Prince […]

Predatory lending strikes elderly, poor, minorities

MYRTLE BEACH — Rapacious, greedy, voracious and insatiable describe a hyena, and when you look up the word “predatory” regarding House Bill 3125 and Senate Bill 17 on high-cost loans in South Carolina, you get a taste of the cruel appetites these bottom-feeding buzzards possess, feasting on uninformed pilgrims. The victims are people such as […]

How you can offer support to the troops

As Americans watch the war in Iraq many want to show their support of U.S. military, especially those overseas. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Defense discouraged unsolicited mail sent to military forces for security reasons. However, people can go to the following Web sites to find organizations that are sponsoring […]

An Easter message

Peace is an illusive gift that is missing from many hearts and homes, many nations and regions of the world this Easter — 2003. We pray that the Risen Lord of that first Easter, the Prince of Peace, will bring to our world that gift which he alone can give — the peace that he […]

Disciples in Mission leaders prepare for Lenten introduction

COLUMBIA — Lent is drawing near and the hundreds of parish leaders who will implement the Disciples in Mission process have been trained. Trainers and trainees are ready to kick it off. “I’m jazzed about it,” said Carl Mayers, diocesan coordinator of liturgy for Disciples in Mission. “It’s a great process and will make a […]

Franciscan order celebrates 125th anniversary

COLUMBIA — As their religious order prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary by looking to an uncertain future, two local nuns continue their long service in the Diocese of Charleston with a clear vision of what still needs to be done. Mother Mary Alfred Moes founded the Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. […]

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