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2017

Communion, not competition, is key to job growth, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Working for economic growth based on increased consumption without concern for creating dignified jobs and protecting the environment “is a bit like riding a bicycle with a flat tire: It’s dangerous,” Pope Francis said. The dignity of workers and the health of the environment “are mortified when workers are just a line on a […]


HHS looks into removing barriers to program funding for religious groups

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Oct. 25 that it is looking for ways to ensure that faith-based and religious groups are not blocked from receiving HHS funding for their programs. The department’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs issued what is called a request for […]


Priests retreat focuses on the virtue of hope

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.—At a time of increased turmoil and desperation, the Church, through its priests, offers hope. That was one of a number of messages that Father James F. Quigley, O.P., delivered to around 60 priests from the Diocese of Charleston at a retreat Oct. 2-5 in the Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center. “Hope does not […]


Pope Francis to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor. After the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, the pope established the day to encourage new initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance to the poor. Pope Francis is scheduled to […]


Teens may need extra help to deal with societal stresses

COLUMBIA—Stress and anxiety are an inevitable part of life, but teens are dealing with an ever-increasing burden and any adult who works with them must be able to help them through a crisis. Parish youth leaders learned those critical support skills at an Oct. 3 conference on pastoral care held at St. Joseph Church and […]


S.C. religious leaders tapped to combat racism

COLUMBIA—It should be the duty of the Christian faith community to take the lead in combatting racism in our society. That was the call to action brought forth by theologian and author, Drew G.I. Hart, Ph.D., at the fall dialogue of The Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops’ on Oct. 15 at Shandon United Methodist Church. […]


Starving children are innocent victims of humanity’s greed, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Thousands of starving children around the world today are innocent victims sacrificed upon the altar of the god of money because of humanity’s greed and attachment to wealth, Pope Francis said. In his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae Oct. 23, Pope Francis said the day’s Gospel reading of the parable of […]


In Caribbean, church agencies help as process of rebuilding begins

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Caribbean islands decimated during a disastrous hurricane season are starting the long, costly process of rebuilding, even as aid agencies are assisting thousands of families left homeless by the storms. Bishop Robert Llanos, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of St. John’s-Basseterre, said the Catholic Church is coordinating shipments of construction equipment for […]


Orangeburg parish withstands the tests of time and turmoil

ORANGEBURG—Members of Holy Trinity Church celebrated 100 years on Oct. 15 with prayer, song and,  most of all, a sense of overwhelming love for each other and for their faith community. Hundreds packed the church on Rivers Edge Drive for a centennial Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. During his homily, the bishop congratulated […]


Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said. While all men and women are “small and helpless in front of the mystery of death,” Jesus’ victory over death assures Christians of […]


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