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National Merit candidates

The Diocese of Charleston had four students named as 2017 National Merit Semifinalists. They are Lee Khoury, a senior at Cardi­nal Newman School in Columbia; and Jasmine Adams, Elizabeth Ludlum, and Brian Privett, all from Bishop England High School in Charleston. The nationwide pool of semifinalists is 16,000 students, representing less than one percent of U.S. high […]

Catholic women decry presidential campaign’s focus on ‘politics of fear’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seventy Catholic women, including the presidents of two leading Catholic organizations, expressed concern for the “toxic politics of fear” that has dominated this year’s presidential campaign. Saying that “elections should be a national examination of conscience,” the signers of the statement called for civil debate in the final weeks of the campaign leading to […]

U.S. archbishop, pilgrims in Norcia when quakes struck

ROME—U.S. Archbishop Alexander K. Sample was preparing to celebrate Mass Oct. 26 with Benedictine monks in Norcia when the first of two powerful earthquakes struck. “I had no sooner finished (the vesting) prayer to be protected from the assaults of Satan when bang: It just hit and it hit with a vengeance. It didn’t last […]

National parks welcome Pope Francis during his visit

Editor’s note: This the sixth and final story in the series by CNS about the National Park Service celebrating its centennial, titled “Nature & Glory.”  WASHINGTON—As members of the National Park Service observe the organization’s centennial in 2016, they affectionately recall one of their most celebrated guests of honor — Pope Francis. In addition to […]

Sisters of Charity award grants to programs of women religious

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation awarded $97,000 to support seven women religious grantees. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina announced the recipients of the 2016 Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI) grants. This Initiative was established in 2003 with the intention to engage, support, and sustain the ministries of Catholic Women Religious in South Carolina. […]

Bishops’ dialogue encourages churches to get in the schools

COLUMBIA — If a child is shown love, the power of education and the written word, the possibilities are endless. That was the uplifting message from Freeman Hrabowski, keynote speaker at the 2016 South Carolina Bishops’ Dialogue on Public Educa­tion. The Oct. 12 event at Trinity Cathe­dral was sponsored by the coalition of Lutheran, Episcopal, […]

Log chapel is a wonder that ‘evangelizes,’ says deacon

Editor’s note: This the fifth story in a six-part series by CNS about the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial, titled “Nature & Glory.” GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.—Mary Morris was lured to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart inside of the national park by a small wooden road sign. “I didn’t know the chapel […]

The beauty of Grand Teton is ‘it belongs to the people’

Editor’s note: This the fourth story in a six-part series by CNS about the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial, titled “Nature & Glory.” MOOSE, Wyo.—Shirley Craighead knows a thing or two about grizzly bears. She and the bears live in the same place. “I live here and love it!” Craighead emphatically told Catholic News […]

Father Kirby receives state’s highest honor

COLUMBIA—Father Jeffrey Kirby receives The Order of the Palmetto from Sen. Tom Young of Aiken on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley at the Statehouse on Oct. 11. Father Kirby, who is the administrator at Our Lady of Grace Mission in Indian Land and St. Joseph Church in Chester, received the state’s highest honor for civic leadership […]

St. Anthony couple anxious to return to orphanage in Haiti

GREENVILLE—Mary McNicholas has heard and read about the destruc­tion Hurricane Matthew wreaked on Haiti, and now she can’t wait to travel back down there and help rebuild. The St. Anthony of Padua parish­ioner wants to return to Les Cayes, a small village about 125 miles west of Port-au-Prince that Hurricane Mat­thew hit full force. Winds […]

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