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Texas cardinal, L.A. archbishop elected to the USCCB

BALTIMORE—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference Nov. 15 for a three-year term to begin at the conclusion of the bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal DiNardo collected a majority of votes on the first ballot of voting during the second day of the bishops’ public […]

Father Edmund McCaffrey, former Belmont abbott, dies

LOUISVILLE, KY — Father Edmund Mc­Caffrey, Ph.D., a former Benedictine monk, a founder and former head of the political science Department at Bel­mont Abbey College, a visiting professor, writer, abbot ordi­nary of the Belmont Abbey monastery and pastor, died Nov. 13. He was 83. Funeral arrangements were not available as of press time ( Father […]

Bishops show solidarity with Mass at historic black church

BALTIMORE—The U.S. bishops chose to break from tradition during this year’s fall assembly by celebrating Mass at the church known as the “Mother Church” of black Catholics in Western Baltimore instead of the usual venue: Baltimore’s historic basilica. “I pray our presence will convey the church’s solidarity with you,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori […]

Veterans get hero’s welcome after visit to war memorials

MIAMI—Minnesota native and Key West retiree Raymond Blazevic stills vividly remembers being drafted into the U.S. Navy and joining 70,000 other recruits at a boot camp just south of the Canadian border during World War II. He continued to serve his country, fighting again in Korea, where he was captured after his plane crashed north of […]

Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election

WASHINGTON—Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counseled prayer. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. […]

The Cathedral, other churches to hold Holy Door closing Masses

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Fran­cis draws to a close Nov. 20, the Solemnity of Christ the King, pilgrims will have a final opportunity to earn a plenary indulgence, and pass through one of the desig­nated Holy Doors. In the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Robert E. Gug­lielmone will celebrate the […]

St. Philip Benizi Church celebrates its 50th anniversary

MONCKS CORNER—For 50 years, St. Philip Benizi Church has been a center of faith and fellowship for the local community. Bishop Robert E. Gugliel­mone celebrated Mass as members joined to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the parish on Oct. 23. “We are celebrating 50 years of God’s blessings to this par­ish, and the people here […]

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

VATICAN CITY—Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together “to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict.” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis’ top aide, spoke about the election early Nov. 9 during a meeting […]

Collaboration for Ministry calls for continued mercy

MYRTLE BEACH—Women religious met together on a beautiful fall weekend on the coast to con­template the role of mercy in their ministries and their daily lives. “The Face of Mercy” was the theme of the 12th annual Col­laboration for Ministry Initia­tive Conference held at the Marriott Grande Dunes Resort. More than 70 women reli­gious from […]

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $102,000 to 43 Caritas grantees  

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded Caritas grants for the fall 2016 grant cycle. “In omnibus caritas” means in all things charity. Since its inception in 1851, the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has sought to put into practice these simple but all-encompassing words.  As a ministry […]

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