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What’s in the Koran?

During the weeks after Septem­ber 11, 2001, my religious com­munity’s motherhouse hosted a series of evening prayers. Their culmination was a gathering of roughly 600 people to hear a Muslim imam and the local Catholic pas­tor join in a time of mourning and faith-exchange. The imam came from nearby. He was in charge of a […]

St. Patrick Church celebrates over 1,280 years of marriage

CHARLESTON—St. Patrick parish celebrated marriage for its members during a Mass on Sept. 25. Father Henry Kulah, pastor, blessed the couples who had received the sacrament of marriage and continue to live their vows to each other. The couples also re-affirmed those vows. During Mass, Father Kulah said it is important to recognize these men […]

Nearby national park energizes Tennessee parish

Editor’s note: This is the third story in a six-part series by CNS about the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial, titled “Nature & Glory.” GATLINBURG, Tenn.—When Huntsville, Alabama, resident Patrick Eads prepared to take his family on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park last August, he made sure to pack necessary […]

South Carolina still reeling from Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction and heavy flooding along the South Carolina coast and several inland counties when it swept over the state Oct. 7-8. The storm toppled trees, eroded beaches, destroyed piers and sent storm waters surging across streets and into buildings from Hilton Head Island to Cherry Grove Beach. Streets in […]

Yellowstone Mass ‘an experience of God unlike any other’

Editor’s note: This the second story in a six-part series by CNS about the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial, titled “Nature & Glory.” YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.—Jesuit Father Rick Malloy very much enjoys summers in Yellowstone National Park. “I’m a fanatical fisherman,” he admitted. “And a good one, too.” But exceptional fishing is not […]

National parks: Places of wonder, history, spiritual refuge

Editors note: This background story is the first in a series from CNS about the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial anniversary, titled “Nature & Glory.” WASHINGTON—From the dramatic vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the glistening waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, national parks have stood as places of wonder, history and […]

True Christian charity is more than making donations

VATICAN CITY—While donation campaigns and charitable contributions for the needy are important, true Christian charity involves a more personal touch, Pope Francis said. Coming face to face with the poor may pose a challenge and tempt people to turn the other way and give in to “the habit of fleeing from needy people and not […]

Bishop England wins state swim meet

CHARLESTON—The Bishop England High School boys’ swim team won the state title at the AAA State Swim Meet held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia recently. The girls’ swim team also fared well, claiming second place in the state meet. Bishop England’s boys won the championship title with 401 points against Academic Magnet, […]

Incense as a biblical symbol; getting son back to Church

Q: Why do we have incense at Mass? Sometimes it makes it really hard to breathe. (Charleston, SC) A: Incense can be used for solemn occasions but it should be used with prudence and temperance. Some parishes even announce be­forehand what Masses will have in­cense, and this seems to be greatly appreciated by people with […]

Voting guide provides a starting point for prayer and study

With the upcoming election, Catholics will be facing a weighty choice in the voting booth. The South Carolina Catholic Conference issued a voter’s guide to help Catholic Americans with their “serious moral obligation to vote”. This brief overview covers some of the many issues the faithful must consider when choosing their next president and “it […]

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