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Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

VATICAN CITY—Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for asylum in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England. “If Your Holiness helps our child, Your Holiness will be potentially saving the future for our children in the U.K., especially […]


The sign of the cross is our badge, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis said that to make the sign of the cross is to mark ourselves as Christians, and that it is something we should do often to remind ourselves that we belong to God. “The cross is the badge that shows who we are: our speaking, thinking, looking, working [we are] under the sign […]


Pope: Respect life of severely ill patients such as Alfie Evans

VATICAN CITY—Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient’s life and dignity. After praying the “Regina Coeli” with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 15, the pope asked that everyone pray for “people, such as […]


‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks pope

ROME—After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How did you […]


New priest appointments

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made the following assignments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston: VICAR GENERAL: Father Anthony Droze, was moved from pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in North Myrtle Beach and Church of the Resurrection in Loris, to serve as a second Vicar General for the diocese, and as sacramental chaplain at The Citadel, which […]


Beautifying is an act of God

In a nine-minute YouTube clip, Bishop Robert Barron reminds us that the “great transcendentals” — the good, the true, and the beau­tiful — can all be ways in which we evangelize. Today’s converts are sometimes won the way some of the very first Christians were: by witnessing unselfish works of love and service. Others are won […]


Human narratives in the Bible

Q: I’ve been trying to read the Bible. I started in Genesis but came across the story of the nephilim (Gen 6:1-4), which appar­ently are the offspring of angels and human women? What is this all about? Is this something we believe? (Lexington, SC) A: I’m very grateful for your question, especially because it started […]


Sister Mary Beth Lloyd visits parish, runs the bridge for orphans

CHARLESTON—Road races traditionally offer participants an opportunity to raise funds for countless charities in their communities. For Sister Mary Beth Lloyd, it was an opportunity to bring her charity to the race. A member of the Religious Teachers Filippini in Morristown, N.J., Sister Mary Beth ran in the Cooper River Bridge Run on April 7. […]


Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in Chilean abuse cases

VATICAN CITY—In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno. The pope said he made “serious mistakes in the assessment and perception of the situation, especially due to a […]


Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

WASHINGTON—An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the U.S. Catholic Church can better address challenges that include declining membership and falling seminary enrollment. The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests addressed five areas of concern, saying that priests must get closer to the people […]


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Apr 192:00 pm Dismissal for Faculty Meeting
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
3:30 pm Catholic Social Thought Principles: Rights and Responsibilities
From the Calendar of Office of Catechesis Webinars
4:30 pm Gr. 2 First Holy Communion Practice
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
6:30 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Our Lady of the Lake - Chapin
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Apr 20 Mid-quarter progress report alert for Quarter 4
From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
Parent lunch
From the Calendar of St. Mary Help of Christians Aiken
Jr. High Musical
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9:00 am Mass
From the Calendar of Our Lady of the Rosary Greenville
7:00 pm Bishop Guglielmone to preside at Confirmation - St. Anne and St. Jude at St. Anne - Sumter
From the Calendar of Bishop's Office
Apr 21 Silent Auction and Dinner Event
From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
12th Annual School Gala
From the Calendar of St. Martin de Porres School Columbia
Gala
From the Calendar of St. Anne School Rock Hill
8:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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9:30 am Gr. 2 First Holy Communion Mass
From the Calendar of St. Mary School Greenville
6:00 pm First Communion
From the Calendar of St. Michael School Murrells Inlet
6:15 pm Bishop Guglielmone to preside at Confirmation - Holy Trinity - Orangeburg to include St. Theresa Mission, Springfield, St. Mary Mission, Allendale and St. Andrew, Barnwell
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Apr 228:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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2:00 pm Bishop to preside at Confirmation - Corpus Christi - Lexington
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Apr 23 Early Dismissal
From the Calendar of St. Peter School Columbia
2:00 pm Dismissal
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