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2016

Attending a same-sex wedding? / What is mercy?

Q. My husband has a sibling who is getting married to a same-sex partner. They have been together for years. Given our religious beliefs, are we able to attend the ceremony? (Greenville, SC) A. This is one of those very hard questions from the real trenches of Christian discipleship. The question itself speaks well of […]


Pilgrims on horseback pay homage at Guadalupe shrine

DES PLAINES, Ill.—With thick, wet snow falling down and live mariachi music to greet them, around 400 riders on horseback rode up to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Dec. 4 to pay homage to Mary. Some wore ponchos bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Other riders carried their […]


Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted ‘yes’ to God

VATICAN CITY—Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary’s total “yes” to God was “the most important ‘yes’ of history” and overturned Adam and Eve’s prideful “no,” which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said. “With generosity and trust like Mary, may each of us say this personal ‘yes’ […]


Families exchange information and stories during adoption celebration

GREENVILLE — An Upstate celebration of National Adoption Day brought together people to discuss both the process of adoption and what the act has meant in their lives. The inaugural event, held recently at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, focused on celebrating the act of adoption. It was organized by Victo­ria and Gene Norris and […]


Day of Prayer a reminder to turn to God in stressful times

People around the state took time for God recently after Gov. Nikki Haley called for a Day of Prayer. Gov. Haley asked for the event be­cause of difficult times South Caro­linians have experienced. Severe flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew devastated many communi­ties barely a year after the record-breaking floods of 2015. Also, two racially-charged […]


Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor recalled as ‘such a powerful event’

WASHINGTON—A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is “such a powerful event.” As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost. “Before […]


Retirement Fund for Religious allows their ministry to continue

After a lifetime of serving others, retired religious need our help. The collection date for the Diocese of Charleston to give to the Retirement Fund for Religious is Dec. 11, and Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone urges everyone to share what they can. Sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, D.C., the appeal asks […]


USCCB leaders seek prayers for migrants on Guadalupe feast

WASHINGTON—Prayer services and special Masses will be held in many dioceses across the country as the U.S. Catholic Church has asked that the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of prayer with a focus on migrants and refugees. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. “As Christmas […]


Vatican announces worldwide telecast information for the pope’s Christmas events

WASHINGTON—The Vatican has released information to broadcasters for the worldwide telecasts of Christmas events presided over by Pope Francis. All times are UTC/GMT (Coordinated Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time) and are as follows: * Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 20:25-22:30 hours, Christmas Mass at Night presided over by Pope Francis, St. Peter’s Basilica. * Sunday, December […]


People fleeing wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—St. Mary’s Catholic Church was at ground zero in the wildfires that devastated parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28, and while flames reached to within yards of the tourist city church, it appears to have been spared. Some parishioners weren’t as fortunate. Its pastor, Carmelite Father Antony Punnackal, was forced to […]


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