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Look forward, speaker says at Black Catholic Day of Reflection

CHARLESTON—Over 150 black Catholics reflected on their long history and look at ways to move forward in the Year of Faith during a Day of Reflection on Nov. 10. The event also included the examination of a national pastoral plan for action from July’s National Black Catholic Conference in Indianapolis to see how it could […]

St. Pedro Calungsod procession
Celebrating St. Pedro Calungsod

SPARTANBURG—Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate St. Pedro Calungsod, a young man who gave his life for his faith and became only the second Filipino saint. A day of thanksgiving was held Nov. 3 at Jesus Our Risen Savior Church in Spartanburg. Participants from North and South Carolina attended the day-long event, which included […]

Domestic violence
Education is key to ending domestic violence

A report showing that South Carolina is No. 2 in the country in the number of women killed by men sent domestic violence activists searching for answers.Why did the state jump from No. 7 to No. 2, second only to Nevada? Why is it perpetually in the top 10? And more importantly, what can be […]

Don’t be satisfied with achievements; pursue greater good, pope says

By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI called on people to never be satisfied with their earthly achievements because true happiness entails seeking out the greater good. He said people should “not be discouraged by fatigue or by obstacles born of our sins,” because striving for the greater […]

Pope sends Obama telegram with prayers that freedom, justice flourish

By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY–Pope Benedict XVI congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying that he prayed the ideals of freedom and justice that guided America’s founders might continue to flourish. The Vatican did not make public the full text of the pope’s telegram to Obama, which was sent via […]

Father Jeffrey Kirby holds up a vocations club shirt.
Vocations clubs teach students how to find the path to Christ

SPARTANBURG—Vocations clubs around the Diocese of Charleston are ramping up their efforts to help Catholic school students start the discernment process early in life. Father Jeffrey Kirby, vicar for vocations, recently visited St. Paul the Apostle School in Spartanburg to give members of the club a symbol of their purpose. Boys received black shirts with […]

Knights state deputy hopes to spread God’s love

GOOSE CREEK—Richard A. Gabriel says membership in the Knights of Columbus is not just a chance to socialize and do good works, he believes the organization can play a key role in what many people see as an ongoing fight for religious liberty. “This is a great time to be a Knight because the Knights […]

Communities show love for thy neighbor in many ways

Abi Cruz went to the doctor with pain in her arm, and discovered she has bone cancer. Friends and family rallied to the young girl’s side, as did her church and school community in Columbia. Even strangers reached out, including a group of women from St. Anthony in Florence, who took up knitting needles to […]

Faith in Jesus means being optimistic about future, synod message says

A bishop reads the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper with the headline “How to be evangelizers” before a meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican Oct. 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Despite the growth of secularism, increased hostility toward Christianity and […]

My Brother the Pope book by Georg Ratzinger
Book Reviews: My Brother the Pope, and Two Statues

My Brother, the Pope By Georg Ratzinger and Michael Hesemann Reviewed By Zane Knauss It was June, 1961, and the two Ratzinger brothers, Georg and Joseph, were, on the same day, newly ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. There was a parade down Main Street and each brother celebrated a Mass in the […]

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