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Ministry waits for news on Fiji cyclone

Cyclone Winston made headlines worldwide when it devastated the Pacific island nation of Fiji on Feb. 20. It also drew the fervent attention and prayers of Msgr. Edward Lofton, pastor of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in Summerville, because Catholic communities in Fiji have a direct connection with the Diocese of Charleston. Msgr. Lofton, […]

Canonization process begins for Mother Teresa

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve the canonization of five men and women, including Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the Vatican announced. The March 15 consistory will also determine the approval of canonization of Argentine “gaucho priest,” Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican […]

USCCB president urges support for petition to stop Christian genocide

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued an urgent call, March 14, to support a petition to stop genocide in the Middle East and convince the U.S. Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide. The call to action was […]

Vatican statistics report increase in baptized Catholics worldwide

VATICAN CITY- The number of baptized Catholics worldwide has grown at a faster rate than that of the world’s population, according to Vatican statistics. Although the number of priests has increased globally, the number has decreased slightly in Europe and Oceania, according to the Vatican’s Central Office for Church Statistics. The figures are presented in […]

Walking through the desert with Jesus this Lent

I have plenty of vices to give up for Lent. I love chocolate. White wine is my beverage of choice. I’m pretty much addicted to my smart phone. So, when Lent comes, I have options for self-denial. But I’m not choosing any of them. I’m approaching Lent this year as it is revealed to me […]

God leaves us free, even to make mistakes, pope says at Angelus

VATICAN CITY—The Gospel parable of the prodigal son presents the image of God, the father, who gives people the gift of freedom, even to make mistakes, Pope Francis said. When it comes to our God-given freedom, “it is up to us to put it to good use. This gift of freedom that God gives us […]

Corporal Works Of Mercy : Take advantage of daily opportunities to help

The call to help our fellow man through specific acts of mercy comes straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus says those who are welcomed into heaven will be the ones who helped Him when He was hungry, sick or thirsty; who gave Him clothes, welcomed Him as a stranger and […]

Father Guerric looks forward to the continued joys of life

MONCKS CORNER—During his 50 years in the priesthood, Father Guerric Heckel has served a variety of roles in the Church. He’s worn the vestments of a parish priest, a hospital chaplain, and a monk, and it all started with one question from a nun. When he was in the fifth grade, a religious sister was […]

Albert Gustaf Aristides Edelfelt — Jesus washing the feet of his disciples
The charitable mandate

The darkness of Lent grows brighter as Holy Week dawns. The Triduum, or three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, showcase many rare liturgical actions. One example is the Washing of Feet at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. Inspired by the texts of John 13, where at the […]

Diocese of Charleston Men's Conference 2016
Annual men’s conference draws around 300

GOOSE CREEK—A trio of national authors and speakers told a gathering of men of all ages — from fathers to grandfathers — how to become “ordinary heroes,” while avoiding turning into “wimps.” Around 300 men filled Immaculate Conception Church for the South Carolina Catholic Men’s Conference March 5. The event, now in its third year, […]

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