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Religious freedom at risk with HHS contraceptive rule, bishop says

A new federal mandate requiring nearly all health insurance plans to cover contraception and sterilization is an attack on religious liberty that could have devastating effects on the Catholic Church and its ministries, church leaders say.Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston said he has joined bishops nationwide in protesting the Jan. 20 […]

Youth Rally for Life doubles in size

COLUMBIA—Sarah Dalton, 14, and Rachel Dalton, 16, stood with hundreds of other teens at Township Auditorium on Jan. 14, listening to speakers and musicians talk about the importance of a commitment to Christ and the sanctity of life. The sisters, who attend St. John Church in North Charleston, were thrilled by the fourth annual South […]

Catholic Radio has new app

Catholic Radio in South Carolina has added an app so listeners can tune in on their smart phone, smart pad, or television. To access the new app, iPhone and iPad users, can use Safari and type in to the browser. A player specifically for Apple products will come up. Press the play button and […]

LARCUM bishops agree to work together for fair immigration laws

COLUMBIA—Christians can make a big difference in society when they overcome differences and work together. Those that reject attempts at unity, however, risk going against God’s will as seen in Scripture. That was the central message in a sermon by Bishop Herman R. Yoos of the S.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Jan. 22 […]

Women religious play a vital role

Each day, religious sisters in South Carolina perform a myriad of tasks. Some teach children about reading, writing and God’s love. Others help the poor with food and clothing, work with the sick and their caregivers, help keep parishes running, or spend their time in prayer. Whatever they do, sisters in the Diocese of Charleston […]

OLMs are following God’s plan

CHARLESTON—The Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy are not shying away from the truth. They know the statistics, and they know that religious orders across the globe are dwindling. But don’t talk to them about a possible ending of the diocesan congregation, because they are having none of it. Filled with a steely […]

Encouraging women’s vocations

The call to life as a religious sister can come at any time, in the most unexpected way. Sts. Cyril and Methodius Sister Judy Therese Holler first announced she was going to become a nun when she was seven years old, even though at the time she wasn’t even Catholic. The calling stayed in the […]

Good Shepherd Mission in McCormick grows into a church

MCCORMICK—Members of Good Shepherd in McCormick started the new year with an important change: Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone officially declared the former mission a church in a decree released Dec. 20. “It is encouraging to see the growth of the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Charleston,” the bishop stated in the decree. “Such growth […]

Group helps widows of persecuted Christians in India

GREENVILLE—For two years, Rita Larrivee has worked to help 100 widows in India whose husbands lost their lives simply because they believed in Christ. The women live in the state of Orissa on the Indian east coast. Violence against Christians in the Kandhamal district there erupted in August 2008 after right-wing Hindu activists blamed Christians […]

Audit praises diocese for being proactive

It’s official: the Diocese of Charleston is in compliance with the National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Father Titus Fulcher, director of the Office of Child Protection Services, said they received notification recently from the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. According to the audit, the […]

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