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2017

U.S. bishop concerned about impact of health care order on the poor

WASHINGTON—A part of President Donald Trump’s Oct. 13 executive order on health care that would end subsidies to health insurance companies aimed at helping individuals with low to modest incomes is of “grave concern,” a U.S. bishop said. “The Affordable Care Act is by no means perfect,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, […]


Christian life is a love story with God, pope says at canonization

VATICAN CITY—Like the Catholic Church’s newest saints, Christians are called to live their faith as a love story with God who wants a relationship that is “more than that of devoted subjects with their king,” Pope Francis said. Without a loving relationship with God, Christian life can become empty and “an impossible ethic, a collection […]


Pope: Address root causes to fight hunger and forced migration

VATICAN CITY—It makes no sense to lament the problems of hunger and forced migration if one is unwilling to address their root causes, which are conflict and climate change, Pope Francis said. “War and climate change lead to hunger; therefore, let’s avoid presenting it as if it were an incurable disease,” and instead implement laws, […]


Were the Apostles married?

Q: Were any of the Apostles mar­ried? If so, what happened to their families? (Hilton Head, SC) A: This is a great question that involves a lot of history and spiri­tual speculation. In going through some of these sources, we should be careful not to jump to false ap­plications to the life of the Church […]


Is God punishing us, weather-wise?

Leonard Pitts Jr., is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who usu­ally focuses on topics related to race and contemporary culture. He trends very much to the left, and I have to admit that, although I periodically read his columns, I don’t always find their political bent helpful. One that he authored in the aftermath of Harvey […]


‘Miracle of the sun’ broke darkness of Portugal’s atheist regimes

FATIMA, PORTUGAL—On “the day the sun danced,” thousands of people bore witness to a miracle that not only proved the validity of the Fatima Marian apparitions, but also shattered the prevalent belief at the time that God was no longer relevant, according to one theologian. What crowds witnessed the day of the miracle was “the […]


Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

VATICAN—The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel,” Pope Francis said. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism’s discussion of the death penalty, already formally amended by St. John Paul II, needs […]


Catholic schools in Miami find room for Puerto Rican students

MIAMI—Catholic schools in the Miami Archdiocese are accepting students and enrollment inquiries from Puerto Rican families displaced to Florida after the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. An informal survey conducted in early October by the Miami Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools indicated that some 50 students from Puerto Rico — including two from the U.S. […]


Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif.—The Diocese of Santa Rosa “has been hit hard” and “is in an ongoing state of uncertainty” because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa. At least 12 major fires were raging across the region, according to news reports. Of those 12, at least […]


Parishioners from St. James and St. Michael help in Honduras

CONWAY—Since 2007, members of St. James Church have been taking mission trips to Honduras in Cen­tral America, where they help build churches, schools and orphanages in some of the country’s poorest regions. They completed another trip this June, and one person who went along, Ellen DeKleva, is helping start a similar Mission Honduras program at […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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