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2017

School choice rally
School choice rally supports parents’ options

COLUMBIA—Thousands packed the Township Auditorium to support the right of parents to pick the best type of education for their child. Organizers estimated that more than 2,500 people turned out for the annual School Choice Rally on Jan. 25, includ­ing students, parents, teachers and principals from most of the 34 Catho­lic schools in the diocese. […]


Council of Cardinals publicly expresses support of pope

VATICAN CITY—After a handful of public challenges to Pope Francis’ teaching and authority, the members of the pope’s international Council of Cardinals began their February meeting expressing their “full support” for his work. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the council, began the meeting Feb. 13 assuring the pope of the cardinals’ “full support […]


Health care is not a business, but a service to life, pope says

VATICAN CITY—A nation’s health care system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake, Pope Francis said. “If there is a sector in which the ‘throwaway culture’ demonstrates its most painful consequences, it is the health care sector,” the pope told patients, medical professionals, pastors and volunteers attending a meeting […]


St. Paul the Apostle holds Homeless Awareness Night

SENECA—St. Paul the Apostle Church youth ministry held Homeless Awareness Night recently. Over 40 teens, 10 college students and 12 adults braved the cold and created cardboard shelters to raise awareness for local homeless people and all those in need. Teens also brought canned goods to donate to Our Daily Rest homeless shelter. Justin Dery is […]


Knight and daughter cook for police and firefighters

SIMPSONVILLE—Charles Sutter and his daughter, Clarissa, who is a student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, spent Christmas Eve cooking and feeding over 80 members of local police and fire departments who worked the holidays. The food was donated by Knights of Columbus Council 10819.


Scouts grow closer to God while earning emblems

COLUMBIA—Scouts from around the Diocese of Charleston were honored for months of work and dedication at the annual Catholic Scout Convocation held Feb. 5 at St. Joseph Church in Columbia. The event recognizes those who earned religious emblems during the previous year. Each emblem requires Scouts to learn more about the Church and their relationship […]


U.S. bishops call for solidarity with Middle East victims of violence

WASHINGTON—Christians and all people in the Middle East need the solidarity of the U.S. Catholic Church, said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the head of the Catholic Relief Services board. “A concern for our Christian brethren is inclusive and does not exclude a concern for all the […]


James Myers, former director of stewardship, dies at 81

COLUMBIA—James T. Myers, former director of the Office of Stewardship for the Diocese of Charleston, died Feb. 8. He was 81. A rosary will be held Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. with visitation following at St. Joseph Church, 3600 Devine St. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph on Feb. 11 […]



Catholic Schools Week: It’s all about faith, academics and fun

Every year, Catholic Schools Week provides an oppor­tunity for schools in the diocese to open their doors and hearts, and show off what makes them so special. Almost all of the schools hold open houses, from the just-opened St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Myrtle Beach to St. Peter in Columbia, which was founded in 1852 […]


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