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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 […]

Forgiveness for remarriage?

Q: Why is it that the Church will forgive someone who has had an abortion but will not for­give someone who is divorced and remarried? I think abortion is a horrific act. How can people who have had an abortion receive holy Communion but not those in happy second marriages? (Rock Hill, SC) A: There […]

Holy Cross Cemetery undergoes a make-over

CHARLESTON—Major changes are afoot at Holy Cross Cemetery. Karmin Meade, the new director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Charles­ton, said the first thing people no­ticed was the difference in the brick wall surrounding the property. An intensive bout of power spray­ing restored the bricks to a “like new” state and had people stopping by the […]

Catholic-Jewish convocation held at St. Francis by the Sea

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Rabbi Brad Bloom reminded a crowd at St. Francis by the Sea Church of a solemn anniver­sary dating back 79 years. In that November of 1939, Jewish people were attacked and killed in Germany, and thou­sands of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, schools and homes were vandalized and destroyed by Nazis during a rampage of terror […]

Youth urged to remember they’re ‘beloved children of God, called by name’

INDIANAPOLIS—The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with racuous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youth in silent prayer was deafening. These external and internal forms of praise formed bookends to the opening general session of the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. […]

Women religious focus on caring for God’s creation

MYRTLE BEACH—Women religious spend much of their time caring for others, through teaching, health care, work­ing with the poor, parish ministries, prayer and spiritual counseling. At their annual statewide gathering, they also learned how to take better care of the earth. The theme for the annual Col­laboration for Ministry Initiative Conference Nov. 3-5 was “Respect: […]

Bishops urge protection for migrants, refugees, other ‘vulnerable’ groups

WASHINGTON—As the nation made preparations to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed gratitude for “the gift of immigrants and refugees to the country,” but also appealed for their protection. “As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we […]

Junior high rally focuses on the sacred in sacrifice

WHITE OAK—Meredith Clemmens’ Road to Emmaus led her back to an all-too-familiar place. Ten years ago, Clemmens was one of several hundred students at the Diocese of Charleston’s Junior High Rally listening to guest speakers share their faith and offer encour­agement and inspiration to the young audience. On Nov. 4, she was on the other […]

Catholic leaders urge Trump to return U.S. to leading role on climate

WASHINGTON—The United States must resume its leadership role in addressing climate change, dozens of Catholic leaders wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump. “On behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable and future generations, we especially ask that you act based upon the best available climate science,” 161 leaders said in the Nov. […]

Blessed Solanus lived out faith, hope, charity every day, says cardinal

DETROIT—Blessed Solanus Casey always said that “as long as there is a spark of faith,” there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes. His words were accompanied by “the concrete practice of faith, hope and charity in his everyday life,” said the cardinal in […]

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