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Families help kick off 40 Days for Life

CHARLESTON—People pray for an end to abortion in front of the Charleston Women’s Medical Center during the 40 Days for Life kick-off ceremony held there on Sept. 21. The event included a talk by Shawn Carney, who co-founded the 40 days event, which includes prayer and fasting, round-the-clock peaceful vigils, and door-to-door outreach to end […]

End ‘inhumane’ hostilities, rescue civilians, pope pleads

VATICAN CITY—In the wake of intensified attacks in Syria, Pope Francis called for an immediate cease-fire — even if temporary — so that civilians, especially children, could be rescued from the ruins. Emphasizing that his thoughts and prayers are with “all victims of the inhumane conflict in Syria,” the pope said it was with “a […]

As outrage over lewd comments piles up, Trump struggles among Catholics

WASHINGTON—Hours before the Oct. 9 presidential debate began, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani invoked St. Augustine of Hippo on a Sunday morning political news show to defend the man he was supporting for president. “Ever read ‘The Confessions’ of St. Augustine?” Giuliani asked John Dickerson, the host of “Face the Nation,” referring to the […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $202,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Community Enrichment grants for the fall 2016 grant cycle. These grants are awarded to organizations whose services go beyond meeting basic needs and will help lift people out of poverty. Community Enrichment grants fund projects and organizations who are implementing best practices, strategic collaborations, and focus […]

Catholic Charities agencies begin helping storm victims

WASHINGTON—Catholic Charities agencies joined emergency response efforts in coastal communities in four Southeastern states as residents and parish staffers began returning to assess the damage Hurricane Matthew left behind. Some evacuation orders remained in effect in South Carolina, where the storm came ashore Oct. 7, dumping up to 18 inches of rain in communities near […]

Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti as aid workers mobilize

WASHINGTON—Wind-whipped rains from Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti’s southwest peninsula, downing trees, ripping open makeshift wooden homes and causing widespread flooding Oct. 4 as aid workers waited for the storm to subside before mobilizing. The city of Les Cayes and coastal towns and villages in South Department were experiencing the most destruction as the storm made […]

Death penalty re-examined in the states, at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—The United States, with its mixed record on the death penalty, is about to take a closer look at the issue this fall with two cases before the Supreme Court and three referendums on state ballots in the November election. In the two death penalty cases before the court, both from Texas, one examines information […]

Pope visits towns in central Italy devastated by earthquake

VATICAN CITY—Amid the devastation wrought by an earthquake in central Italy, Pope Francis quietly prayed and offered words of consolation to survivors and those assisting in relief efforts. Later, when crowds pressed around him, the pope used a megaphone to tell the people of Amatrice that he had wanted to visit sooner, but felt showing […]

Knights honor veterans at St. Theresa

SUMMERVILLE — Members of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church dedicated a new granite monument recently to honor veter­ans who served to protect our nation. Msgr. Edward D. Lof­ton’s name is etched into the black stone that stands 8.5 feet tall by 5 feet wide. The priest is one of 287 names listed alphabetically with […]

Turning the other cheek

Q: Does turning the other cheek mean I have to be nice to rela­tives who have been purpose­fully cruel or ugly to people I care about? That feels false, particularly when someone has been repeatedly unkind. How do I handle seeing these people at family events or in public? Some people say you have to […]

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