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One saint’s Christmas letter

There are a number of saints who can be ranked among the world’s collection of geniuses. St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Teresa of Avila would definitely be among them. In our own time, Pope St. John Paul II no doubt also qualifies. As they often say of geniuses, they […]

The Polar Express to the library

MOUNT PLEASANT—Elizabeth Wain, librarian at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, transformed the library into The Polar Express for the students.

Finding strength at the Black Catholics’ heritage celebration

COLUMBIA—“Strengthening the African American Family,” the theme for the 2015 Black Catholics’ Heritage Celebration, can find its roots in the history books and beyond, where role models of Catholic faith and family are plentiful. At the celebration Dec. 12 at Embassy Suites, the story of Father Augustus Tolton and the effort to elevate his legacy […]

Catholic Youth Conference

“You are not alone.” Those four words kept popping up for Angelina O’Rourke during the Summerville teen’s recent trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. She heard them during workshops, in a priest’s advice to her after confession, and while she prayed with thousands of other youth from around the country during adoration […]

The Christmas Advent

It seems that each year Christmas comes earlier. At one time, retailers unveiled Christmas advertisements and decorations after Thanksgiving. Now Halloween immediately gives way to the trappings of December 25th. Perhaps next Christmas really will come in July! It’s a surprise to many that the first Christian festival was not the birth of Christ. Instead, […]

O Christmas Tree: How the evergreen became part of the season

That green tree bedecked with lights and ornaments and topped with a star has become an important part of the season celebrating Christ’s birth. But how did it become such a beloved tradition? There certainly wasn’t a decorated tree in the stable of Bethlehem that long-ago night. In fact, even the birth of Jesus wasn’t […]

Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa’s cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced. Although the date for the canonization ceremony will be officially announced during […]

God loves all, without exception

Working at a parish, I encounter parents wanting to involve their children and teens in community service. Sometimes this type of outreach is required for a school, a club, or to create a well-rounded college application. Other times, for younger children, parents say they want their offspring to help others less fortunate so they can […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $50,000 to 29 Caritas Grantees

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded $50,000 to 29 social outreach organizations. Established in 1996, the foundation is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that addresses the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 counties, and uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership. The […]

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