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Uncertainty in Congress envelopes children’s health care program

WASHINGTON–A health program that serves children from low-income families that has enjoyed bipartisan support for 20 years faces an uncertain future unless Congress adopts legislation reauthorizing it before funding runs out in the coming months. Congress failed to meet a Sept. 30 deadline to continue the federally funded and state-run Children’s Health Insurance Program, or […]

New tests have confirmed the age of the Holy Sepulchre

JERUSALEM–Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Having undergone renovations in 2016, the tomb was opened for first time in centuries last October. Archeologists were able to test samples of the mortar near the cave’s […]

Neighborhood House earns long-awaited renovations

CHARLESTON—Promises are being kept at Neighborhood House and the community and staff are excited to see it happen. The renovations, which began in October, have been a long time coming for the outreach. The 102-year-old house has been feeling its age, with sloping floors, leaks, drafts, and outdated plumbing and wiring. Years ago, Nikki Grimball, […]

Pope speaks of the path to peace during Mass in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar–Jesus’ love “is like a spiritual GPS” that guides people past the everyday obstacles of fear and pride and allows them to find their way to a relationship with God and with their neighbors, Pope Francis said. Christ’s message of “forgiveness and mercy uses a logic that not all will want to understand, and […]

Strong net neutrality protections critical to faith community

WASHINGTON–The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members. “Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might be forced to […]

Pope: Uniformity is greater threat to culture than differences

YANGON, Myanmar–In a small, informal meeting with a variety of religious leaders, Pope Francis went to the heart of his message for Myanmar: unity, not uniformity, is the secret to peace. Representatives of the Baptist, Anglican, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as leaders from ecumenical organizations, briefly told the pope about their […]

USCCB domestic policy chair decries many items in Senate tax bill

WASHINGTON–The chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development likes some of the provisions of the Senate’s tax bill, but those likes are dwarfed by items that he said run afoul of Catholic teaching. “The Senate proposal is fundamentally flawed as written and requires amendment,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of […]

Pope, USCCB president pray for victims of Egyptian mosque attack

VATICAN CITY–Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayer for the victims of a bombing at a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai region. Addressing thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said he received news of the attack with “great sorrow.” “May God deliver us from these tragedies and sustain the efforts of all […]

Pope meets generals after welcome by children in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar–Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation’s bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit. The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in Naypyitaw, which […]

We celebrate – and then some

Around the corner from our Bluffton convent is a house which never decorates. The lawn is trim, the trees are pruned, and the shrubs are neatly cared for. But the porch displays no hanging plants flush with color, and when holidays and holy days arrive, no wreaths or decorations appear. The owner is a youth […]

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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 1 Black Catholics Heritage 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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