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Building walls to keep immigrants out is not Christian, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO—As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls to keep immigrants out of one’s country is un-Christian. Holding his customary in-flight news conference Feb. 17 after a six-day trip that ended at the Mexico-U.S. border, Pope Francis was asked […]

BE to build tennis center

CHARLESTON—Bishop England High School announced plans for its upcoming Msgr. John L. Manning Tennis Center, a five-court lighted facility that will be built next to the baseball field on campus. The new courts will be home to the 19-time Girls State Champions and 10-time Boys State Champions, and will provide a place to teach tennis […]

Portions of archives collections added to digital library

CHARLESTON—The Office of Archives and Records Management at the Diocese of Charleston announced that it recently added digitized portions of its collections to the Lowcountry Digital Library ( The additions include three Camp St. Mary scrapbooks, 1934-1966; and the Bishop Patrick Lynch Confederate Commissioner Papers, 1864-1865. The Diocese of Charleston established Camp St. Mary on […]

Pontel, Goodier advance to nationals

CHARLESTON—Isabella Pontel and Carson Goodier, both eighth-graders at Charleston Catholic, earned top honors at the State Beta Club Convention held in Myrtle Beach recently. Carson won first place in the essay competition and Isabella won second place in the acrylic art competition. They will represent South Carolina in the National Beta Club Convention in New […]

Surprising purification

Each year the Church observes a period before Easter. Called “Lent” from the old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime,” the discipline of the season is a walk with the God who surprises His people at every turn. In a culture of self-indulgence, a period of self-deprivation seems senseless. The best reason for the season is that […]

Project San Pedro oyster roast

CHARLESTON—Mario González Chavajay, a Tz’utuhil Mayan artist from Guatemala, will be the guest of honor and will paint live at the 2016 Guatemalan Gala oyster roast. It will be held on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Diocese of Charleston Pastoral Center, 901 Orange Grove Road. The paintings of Mario Gonzalez and his brother […]

Trivia Knight helps capital campaign

BLYTHEWOOD—Transfiguration Church and Knights of Columbus Council 13713 hosted a Trivia Knight on Jan. 23 and raised over $1,500 for the capital campaign. The social event consisted of trivia ranging from the Church to space travel.

Consider the contributions of all our immigrants, including Jesus

Bishop Gerald Kicanas, when he was still an auxiliary in Chicago, told the story of an encounter he had with a ragged woman who was pushing a shopping cart. When she hailed him, he admitted that his initial response was to wish he had been walking on the other side of the street. Moments later […]

Town hall meetings involve parents with new school

MYRTLE BEACH—Bob Abt’s daughter, Gabrielle, is only in the fifth grade, but he is already making plans for her education through high school. That’s why he joined about 50 others on Jan. 27 at St. Michael School to attend the last of three informational meetings about the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton High School, set […]

Thirty-five men are ordained to the permanent diaconate

The Diocese of Charleston now has 35 more ministers dedicated to sharing the Gospel and serving the faithful. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone ordained 17 men to the permanent diaconate at Holy Spirit Church on Johns Island on Jan. 30, and another 18 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville on Feb. 6. The remarkably large […]

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