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‘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. […]

Let us truly give thanks

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Thanksgiving is a time when families, large or small, will gather around a table to share a meal, maybe watch some sports, and spend time together. But beyond the gifts they are about to receive, this particular holiday provides an important opportunity to contemplate what being thankful really means. […]

Marian Eucharistic Conference emphasizes Fatima message

GREENVILLE—The Marian Eucharistic Confer­ence celebrated its fifth annual gathering this month, further elevating what has been a months-long celebration of the Blessed Mother, both in the Diocese of Charles­ton and worldwide. Around 400 people filled the main confer­ence room at the Hilton Hotel to celebrate Mary, and to hear reassuring and inspiring words from a […]

St. Francis sweeps volleyball tourney

SUMMERVILLE—The results are in for the Diocese of Charleston Youth Volleyball Tournament held at Bethany Methodist recently, hosted by Summerville Catholic school and their athletic  director, Jean Fox. A total of 16 teams competed from 12 schools: St. Andrew in Myrtle Beach, St. Anne in Rock Hill, Charleston Catholic, Blessed Sacrament and Nativity from Charleston, […]

Supreme Court to hear case on free speech and crisis pregnancy centers

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers. The case, accepted Nov. 13, will consider if a California law that went into effect in 2016 violates the Constitution by requiring the state’s 200 crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients, in specific detail, about the availability […]

Pope: Realizing today may be one’s last day can change life

VATICAN CITY—It is not morbid to start each day understanding that it may be one’s last, Pope Francis said. Death is a reality that will come to everyone — for some as a sudden surprise, for others as an end to an illness — but in every case, Jesus will say, “Come with me,” the […]

St. John the Baptist sisters move south

COLUMBIA—A group of four Sisters of St. John the Baptist recently ar­rived in the Midlands to begin a new era of ministry in the Diocese of Charleston. They came to South Carolina in the late summer at the invitation of Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone. Their residence is a home they have named the St. Alfonso […]

All Souls’ Day offers prayers to those striving for heaven

CHARLESTON—The tradition of celebrat­ing an All Souls’ Day Mass began in the Diocese of Charleston in 2009, when Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone held the first one in Holy Cross Cem­etery in Charleston. At the time, he said he wanted to establish the custom of honoring and praying for our departed loved ones because reaching intimacy […]

Priests’ assignments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made assignments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston that will be effective Nov. 27. Father José Hugo Ruíz Marentes, administra­tor of St. Mark Church in Newberry, Holy Spirit Mission in Laurens, and St. Boniface Church in Joanna, will become pas­tor of St. Louis Church in Dillon and Church of […]

Pope reminds us that Mass is a time for silence and prayer

VATICAN CITY—Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said. At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing “to meet with Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat,” the pope said Nov. 15 during his weekly general audience. “Silence is so important,” he […]

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