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Girl Scouts serve up a good deed

MYRTLE BEACH—Girl Scout Troop 703 cooked Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need. They were inspired by the St. Andrew School mission to “Nurture faith, inspire academic excellence, and lead our students in a life of service beyond self.”

Pope denounces ‘homicidal madness’ after attacks in Berlin, Ankara

VATICAN CITY—Expressing his condolences to victims and their families, Pope Francis called for an end to terrorism following a string of deadly attacks in Berlin and Ankara. Similar to an attack with a truck that took place in July in Nice, France, a tractor-trailer veered into the crowded Breitscheidplatz Christmas market in Berlin and plowed […]

Sinless St. John the Baptist? Why is Purgatory necessary?

Q. Recently, I was told by friends that when John the Baptist leaped in his mother’s womb, he was made sinless by the Holy Spirit. I find it hard to believe that any human is sinless, except for Jesus and Mary. Am I correct?  (Aiken, SC) A. You have some good friends and they are […]

St. Nick gives gifts of Cole to St. John Neumann students

COLUMBIA – The sixth-grade “elves” at St. John Neumann School prepared for the Dec. 6 feast of St. Nicholas by decorating the night before. The next morning, all the students arrive to a school filled with Christmas ornaments, trees, wreaths, and gifts from St. Nicholas. Barbara Cole, principal, traditionally gives each sixth-grader a thank-you pair […]

Three wise men inspire South Carolina

On Nov. 30, Clemson University hosted Eboo Patel. He is the founder and executive director of Interfaith Youth Core, which links young people of many faiths in cooperative service and shared experience. After addressing groups all day, Patel joined the evening celebration of 80 years of Catholic campus ministry at Clemson. He spoke of the […]

St. Andrew campus ministry thrives as a home away from home

CLEMSON—St. Andrew Church and Clemson University spent an evening last month celebrating a relationship reaching back to the 1930s. More than 200 parishioners, university administrators, and diocesan officials and invited guests shared a meal and looked back on an 80-year ministry that has helped fuel the growth of Catholicism in the Upstate. It all started […]

Bishop Guglielmone makes priests assignments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made new assignments for five priests in the Diocese of Charleston: Father Dwight L. Longenecker was appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, effective Nov. 26. Effective Nov. 28, Father Philip Gillespie was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Church in Anderson, Father Javier Heredia was appointed administrator of St. […]

Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of year-end stories recapping key events of 2016.    WASHINGTON, D.C.—American artist Jacob Lawrence detailed the plight of black Americans in the South who were discriminated against, exploited for their labor, threatened with death and sometimes killed, and who lived in substandard conditions until they made their way […]

Heritage celebration addresses the tough issues of race

CHARLESTON—Five words might not seem like a lot in the fight against the tide of racism and hatred. They are a beginning, though, a small and simple one that Bishop Edward K. Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville, Ill., gave to more than 120 people who attended the Black Catholics Heritage Celebration in Charleston Dec. […]

Open your heart to that small splendor born in Bethlehem

VATICAN CITY—Christmas is a time to open your heart to the little and wondrous things found in baby Jesus — born poor and defenseless so he could be near and bring hope to everyone, Pope Francis said. “The most beautiful joy of Christmas is that inner joy of peace: the Lord wiped away my sins, […]

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