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Families pick up the pieces of storm-damaged lives

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—When Angel Roesch-Hairston and her family returned to their home in Cherry Grove after evacuating for Hurri­cane Matthew, they found destruc­tion. Three feet of water from the storm surge had rushed into the downstairs section of the home they share with her parents. Furniture, appliances, pictures and other possessions floated in the water […]

St. Anne commemorates 75 years of community spirit

FLORENCE—Ask members of St. Anne Church in Florence to describe their parish in its 75th year, and you will hear words such as “love,” “community” and “family.” They celebrated the milestone recently with a week of special services, a dinner, and a highly anticipated anniversary Mass and fellowship lunch on Oct. 22. More than 100 […]

St. Mary Ducks net gold in volleyball tournament

SUMMERVILLE—The annual diocesan volleyball tournament was a rousing success over Oct. 21-22, with fierce competition between the 11 schools that sent a total of 15 teams to participate. In the end, St. Mary’s Lady Ducks from Greenville claimed the championship title in the Senior Gold bracket, beating the St. Francis Wolves of Hilton Head Island. […]

Holding to our Catholic way through this contentious time

As we approach the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential election season, we must not become disillusioned or desensitized because we are disappointed by the choices set before us. This year, many good-intentioned people feel lost in a sea of lies, deceit, corruption and character flaws cre­ated in the swell of sensationalism and political strategy. Some […]

Families pray for loved ones on All Souls Day

CNS photo/David W. Cerny, Reuters: A family prays at the Olsany cemetery in Prague on Nov. 2. Catholics in the Czech Republic and around the world mark All Souls Day by visiting the graves of loved ones. In the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated a cemetery Mass for All Souls Day […]

A pageant of saints pay tribute to the holy day

CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz: Students dressed as their favorite saints recite the Lord’s Prayer during Mass Oct. 31 at Sts. Philip & James Church in St. James, N.Y. Sixth-graders in the parish school participate annually in a saints’ pageant in observance of All Saints’ Day Nov. 1. Likewise, students in dioceses across the United States […]

Priests to celebrate Mass outside after massive quake

ROME—Priests in central Italy were instructed to celebrate Mass outdoors following another devastating earthquake that rocked the region and brought one its most spiritually and historically significant churches tumbling down. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve advised priests to not celebrate Mass indoors over the next several days, including Nov. 1, the Solemnity of […]

Papal summer residence opens to the public

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy—Pope Francis is throwing open the doors to the papal apartment — including the bedroom where popes have slept — in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo. The palace was for centuries the summer residence of the Roman pontiffs, but Pope Francis has decided not to use it. Instead in 2014, he opened […]

Pope announces 17 new cardinals; three from U.S.

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life; and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis. Announcing the names of the new cardinals, […]

Walls aren’t the answer to fleeing people, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer — in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said. “The only way for resolution is through solidarity,” where everyone pitches in because “all together we are a powerful force of support for those who have lost their homeland, […]

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