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2017

Altar society hosts deanery priests

COLUMBIA—Father Michael Okere, administrator of St. Martin de Porres Church, and the ladies of the Rosary Altar Women’s Group hosted the Columbia Deanery priests’ meeting and luncheon held Feb. 14. More than 19 priests attended the event and enjoyed food served by the ladies. Photos provided


South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent starvation of millions

MANCHESTER, England—South Sudan’s Catholic bishops asked for the world’s help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people. In a separate statement, they also said the looming famine was a man-made catastrophe. They denounced government and rebel troops for attacking the civilian population and at times operating “scorched-earth” policies […]


Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

VATICAN CITY—The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away. Three of the planets are located in the so-called “habitable” zone, a kind of “Goldilocks” sweet spot in that their distance from […]


St. Anthony wins state title in history competition

FLORENCE—St. Anthony School won the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in their age bracket in Columbia recently. The contest is an in-depth study of American history with an emphasis on understanding the formation of the Constitution and its interpretation throughout history. Students participated in a mock congressional hearing and discussed critical […]


Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said. “The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity,” the pope said Feb. 24 during a meeting with 90 international experts participating in a […]


Vatican invites experts to promote safe, accessible water for everyone

VATICAN CITY—A special gathering of policy experts, government officials, religious leaders, scholars, and development and social justice advocates explored ways to guarantee water that is safe and more accessible to the world’s people. More than 90 experts were invited from five continents to provide an interdisciplinary look at the role of public policies in water […]


Couples display blessed vocation at marriage celebration

CHAPIN—Edwin and Denise Beloski are a living example of how love and faith can keep a marriage going, even through the hardest of times. They have been married for 56 years, changed careers several times, and were forced to move back to Columbia last year after their home near Gatlinburg, Tenn., burned in the devastating […]


Knights donate to two charities

GOOSE CREEK—Knights of Columbus Council 11991 donated $11,900 in South Carolina Columbus HOPE Foundation grants recently. Council members delivered a $4,760 check to Berkeley Citizens Inc. in Moncks Corner on Jan. 12. Grand Knight Lenny Tittle, Deputy Grand Knight Jim Kelly and Columbus HOPE Foundation Chairman Larry Rocco were met by Alice Shook, executive director. […]


St. Andrew School Beach Walk raises $9,000

MYRTLE BEACH—Each year during Catholic Schools Week, students, staff and parents from St. Andrew School take part in the Beach Walk. Participants strolled three miles to the beach and along the surf and raised $9,000 for Helping Hand and the Community Kitchen. Event organizers said the event is yet another example of “a life of service […]


USCCB: New memos on immigration policies will harm public safety

WASHINGTON—Donald Trump campaigned by saying he would aggressively go after the country’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants, promising deportation forces and a border wall with Mexico paid for by the United States’ neighbor to the south. Time will tell whether he’ll be able to deliver what he promised his supporters, but in two memos his administration […]


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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate