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U.N. warns of potential famine in Madagascar

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—Hunger levels are so severe in drought-ridden southern Madagascar that many people in remote villages have eaten almost nothing but cactus fruit for up to four years, said a Catholic Relief Services official. Eating this fruit leaves crimson stains on people’s faces and hands, and there is a “shame of poverty associated […]

Letter to the editor

Nov. 22, 2016 Editor: Like you, I have heard and read many articles calling for unity and healing after a very rancor-filled election season. I certainly agree that hatred and violence do nothing but destroy, separate and divide us. As Christians, we must show respect and love to all, including our enemies. But I think […]

Papal Advent advice: Don’t be dominated by material things

VATICAN CITY—The season of Advent is a reminder to us to open our horizons and have concern for more than just material things, Pope Francis said Sunday during his Angelus address. Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, to material reality, but rather to govern them,” […]

HHS contraceptive mandate in limbo, awaiting action

WASHINGTON—The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have been cautiously breathing a sigh of relief since the presidential election. “Everyone is still protected by the Supreme Court’s order,” but they know with a new administration it could change in minutes,” said Mark […]

Beware of exaltation of self, priest says at Marian Conference

GREENVILLE—Gaining a deeper under­standing of one’s faith and what is in store for the faithful in 2017 were among the topics discussed during the 2016 Marian Eucharistic Confer­ence. The conference, held annually in the Upstate, drew a range of speak­ers, including Fathers Bill Casey and Larry Richards, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, and Tom Peterson, president […]

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Thanks be to God

I do not often get the oppor­tunity to watch much tele­vision. However, there are some times that I sit for an hour or so and just put on the set. Since I have no favorite shows or programs, I usually just “surf” through the channels hoping to find something of interest. During this past month, […]

Cardinal Dolan urges stronger efforts to stop assisted suicide

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities has called for increased efforts and “renewed vigor” to stop legalized physician-assisted suicide after the practice was approved by voters in Colorado and the District of Columbia City Council. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York urged Catholics to join medical professionals, disability rights groups […]

Sumter Catholics hold frank discussion on race relations

SUMTER—In a season of turmoil, people joined together in a parish hall on a quiet street in Sumter to focus on harmony and understand­ing between the races. The theme of peace, and the idea of focusing on it and reconcilia­tion on this date seemed especially appropriate with the election only two days away. This had […]

Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions

VATICAN CITY—Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”), which he […]

Christ is the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year

VATICAN CITY—Following Christ the King, whose regal power is love and mercy, means the whole Church and each Christian must “follow his way of tangible love,” Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of Christ the King on Nov. 20 and officially closing the extraordinary jubilee celebration of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis insisted, “we […]

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