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2017

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 […]


‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY—People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor. […]


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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    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