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Purity rings are an outward symbol of commitment to Jesus

It is a ring that starts conversation and the opportunity to evangelize. Kyle Sutter said people often notice his ring and ask if he’s married. The answer is no, not in the traditional sense, but he and other Christians like him are committed to the ideal of chaste living and wear a purity ring as […]

USCCB child and youth protection chairman underscores importance of charter

WASHINGTON—A recent grand jury report from Altoona, Penn., and the award-winning movie “Spotlight” are painful reminders that the Catholic Church must remain vigilant in the efforts to protect children from “the scourge of abuse,” said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. “Once again, […]

Pope calls for moratorium on death penalty during Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis called for a moratorium on executions during the Year of Mercy and said the fifth commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” applies not only to the innocent but to the guilty as well. “Even a criminal has the invio­lable right to life, a gift of God,” he said Feb. 21 after reciting the […]

Transformed by mercy: Indulgences open door to moments of grace

There are some subjects we discuss that are like pulling the loose thread on a sweater. Once you start, what appeared to be a short thread keeps going and going. The matter of indulgences is one such topic. We often think of the indulgence as the Catholic version of the ‘get out of jail free […]

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Mercy Minutes — Imprisoned

Dr. Michael Martocchio, Director of the Office of Catechesis and Christian Initiation for the Diocese of Charleston interviews Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone in a discussion about the concept of imprisonment and the need for mercy. RELATED: Mercy Minutes — Forgiveness

Celebrating the promise to love and honor

AIKEN—Imagine a marriage that lasted 9,000 years. That’s how many years of matrimony were represented among the 300 couples who attended the annual Marriage Anniversary Celebration held Feb. 21 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church. They ranged from newlyweds to senior citizens and came from 25 different parishes. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated Mass […]

Our Lady of Fatima statue tour

CHARLESTON—The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in South Carolina parishes from April 30 to May 21. Check with your church or school for times. The dates are as follows: April 30 to May 1—Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston May 2—St. Francis by the Sea Church and School, […]

Brother and sister duo turn getting into giving

SIMPSONVILLE—For two Upstate children, the best birthday gift was the chance to help someone else. On Feb. 8, six-year-old Vincent Ovsak and his sister Angela Ovsak, 5, made a big donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at their parish, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville. Vincent brought warm kids’ clothes and Angela provided […]

Poor Clare Sister Helen Godfrey dies at age 77

TRAVELERS REST—Poor Clare Sister Helen Godfrey, of the Monastery of St. Clare, died Feb. 12. She was 77. The Mass of Christian Burial and burial were held Feb. 18 at the monastery. Sister Helen was born April 8, 1938, in Camden, N.J., the only child of M. Leroy Godfrey and Helen McNulty Godfrey. She entered […]

Rite of Election brings new faithful to the heart of Christ

T.J. Cofield of Greenville attended various churches while growing up, but never felt really comfortable about faith until he started attend­ing Catholic campus ministry at Furman University. “I found my faith home was in the Catholic Church,” he said. “I con­nected with it. I knew it was where I belonged.” Cofield, who attends St. Anthony […]

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