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2017

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 […]


The importance of the secrets of Fatima

FATIMA, PORTUGAL—The following article is part two of a two-part series. Part one covered the historical context, contents of the apparitions, and Miracle of the Sun. The secrets of Fatima While Mary revealed what came to be known as The Great Secret of Fatima during her third apparition to the shepherd children, it was kept from the […]


Eagle Scout focuses on an important need of foster children

COLUMBIA—Hundreds of children go­ing into foster care will be able to do so with more dignity now, thanks to an innovative Eagle Scout project completed by Jonathan Hernandez. The youth is a ninth-grader at Car­dinal Newman School and a member of Troop 287 in St. John Neumann parish. He collected more than $15,500 to purchase […]


Scouting Camporee is a time to learn leadership through fun

SALUDA—The annual Catholic Scout­ing Camporee is where faith and fun come together. With spectacular fall weather at Camp Barstow as the backdrop, nearly 500 youth and adults from a wide range of Scouting organiza­tions spent the weekend of Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 engaging in traditional campground activities while also developing their faith. The camporee, […]


Understanding the miracle of Fatima

FATIMA, PORTUGAL—It’s the most popular and well-known Marian apparition in the recent history of the Church. One hundred years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in a field in Fatima, Portugal. She brought with her requests for the recitation of the rosary, for sacrifices on behalf of sinners, and a secret […]


Catholic Charities mobilizes to help after hurricane

Catholic Charities workers from South Carolina are playing an im­portant role in helping Florida com­munities ravaged by Hurricane Irma begin the recovery process. Four staff members spent almost two weeks in South Florida recently, including Kelly Kaminski, director of disaster services; Brantli Senn, disaster program manager; and disaster case managers Brittany Soward and Sherry Starrs. They […]


Pope: Sin is a rebellious act, not just a stain that needs cleaning

VATICAN CITY—Sin is a rebellious act against God that requires more than just a trip to the dry cleaners to wipe clean, Pope Francis said. “If it was a stain, it would be enough to take it to the laundromat and have it cleaned. No! Sin is a rebellion against the Lord,” the pope said […]


Students offer hope to storm victims with donations, prayer

In a span of about three weeks, three massive hurricanes unleashed their fury on the U.S. mainland and islands in the Caribbean. One after the other, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked destruction with tornadoes, floods, and winds so strong they bent and twisted an iron cross outside a Jesuit school in San Juan, Puerto […]


Service commemorates 500th anniversary of the Reformation

CHARLOTTE—Five hundred years after legend says Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the doors of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany, and 50 years after Lutherans and Catholics began their joint dialogue, more than 800 Christians from North and South Carolina gathered to pray for forgiveness and unity. The Sept. 23 ecumenical service at […]


U.S. House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain. Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, it would punish doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape, […]


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