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Descendants of Vietnamese martyrs called to share Christ

ROCK HILL—An estimated 500 people recently took time out from their busy lives to honor men and women who died for the faith hundreds of years ago. The annual Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration was held Nov. 15 at St. Anne Church in Rock Hill. The event also drew people from Columbia, Greenville, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, […]

Here’s to a quiet Advent

One late afternoon some 20 years ago, I was walking behind a couple headed for a weekday Mass at the University of Scranton campus ministry center. The girl was reminding the boy that we don’t sing or say “alleluia!” during Lent. “You’re kidding!” he exclaimed. “No, you don’t have alleluias again till Easter,” she explained. […]

The jubilant portal

Pope Francis has designated the upcoming liturgical year as an extraordinary jubilee of divine mercy. The custom of observing jubilees is an ancient part of God’s Covenant with Israel. As they neared the Promised Land, God asked the Israelites to observe every seventh year as a sabbatical. This was to be a time of rest […]

Women religious look at the future with concern, and hope

MYRTLE BEACH—Difficult decisions are on the horizon for many women religious in the United States. As their populations age and numbers decline, leadership and members of some congregations must consider what to do with property and finances, how to care for their elderly and whether ministries will continue. These aren’t easy issues to face, but […]

Young adults strive for authentic living each day

GREENVILLE—The word to live by for a rising group of young adults is authenticity. As in, live your life and faith authentically each day despite the moral disarray of the world. It is a challenge, they say, especially when a large part of each day is spent immersed in secular life. Beth Douglas Joseph, 28, […]

Pope Francis broadcasts for the Year of Mercy and Christmas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tune into the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy and two Christmas events, all celebrated by Pope Francis and broadcast worldwide. Broadcast times for South Carolina are as follows: • Dec. 8 at 3:30 a.m., Mass for the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the recitation of the […]

A caregiver’s advice: Love is the most important thing

AIKEN—Marge Glauser plans her days around the needs of another person — her best friend Gary Gilbault. He suffers from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and must be hooked up to oxygen almost constantly. Glauser helps him with everything from trips to the doctor to basic daily needs. It isn’t an easy […]

Enter the doors: Rediscover and celebrate God’s mercy

Open wide the Holy Doors to mercy and the passage to salvation. Pope Francis will commence the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and followed in churches worldwide on Dec. 13. The pope has called for […]

Council 11991 earns award

GOOSE CREEK—Knights of Columbus Council 11991 was given the Star Council Award for Fraternal Year 2014-2015 for increasing their membership. Grand Knight Steven Gearhart received the award from State Deputy Frank Davis on Oct. 22.

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