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Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

MEXICO CITY—Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives — including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake Sept. 19 added to the misery of Mexicans who suffered a magnitude 8.1 earthquake 12 days […]


Catholic agencies prepare to help in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

WASHINGTON—Thousands sought shelter in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria, called a “monster storm” by many, hit the Caribbean island just short of a Category 5 storm Sept. 20, with winds of 155 miles per hour. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the hurricane had the potential of being the “most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto […]


How to have hope: Pope Francis gives point-by-point guide

VATICAN CITY—Young people should love, believe and follow their dreams, never despairing because Jesus is always with them, Pope Francis said. When life hits hard, they should try to get up again, letting others help them, and if they are bored, they should concentrate on doing good things for others, the pope said Sept. 20 […]


Military archbishop seeks prayers and support

In September, we take time to remember the brave service members who are listed as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). We invite you to remember these individuals and their families in your prayers, or offer the Divine Mercy Chaplet for all people listed as POW or MIA. As you know, every […]


Myanmar leader condemns human rights violations in speech on Rohingya

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar—Faced with a powerful military keen to have martial law declared in Rakhine state, which nearly half a million people fled in three weeks, Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya while broadly condemning human rights violations in her first major address on the […]


Archbishop calls for peace after verdict, asks community to come together

ST. LOUIS—Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis called for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley. Stockley, who is white, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in 2011 of Anthony Lamar Smith, an African-American. St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson issued […]


Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

VATICAN CITY—To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges families face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family. The new institution is […]


Don’t look away; be moved by tragedy and help, pope says

VATICAN CITY—People need to have true compassion so they feel others’ pain and are moved to help, Pope Francis said. “Compassion is an emotion that engages, it is a feeling from the heart, from the gut,” affecting one’s entire being, the pope said Sept. 19 during morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Compassion “is […]


Where to give to assist with recovery from hurricanes Irma, Harvey

WASHINGTON—Several Catholic organizations have established emergency relief operations for the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern United States and for those still recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Contributions can be made to: * Catholic Charities USA: online at https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/donate-to-disaster-relief; telephone at 800-919-9338; mail to P.O. Box […]


Exposition of the Eucharist

Q: If we believe that the True Presence of Jesus is in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle all the time, why do we have Solemn Exposition? Isn’t Jesus in the tabernacle enough? (Laurens, SC) A: As you indicate, as Catholics, we know that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. He attested to this […]


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    Sep 219:15 am Continuing Education Day -- "Catechetical Hero: How to Be the Most Effective Catechetical Leader You Can Be"
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    Sep 22 John England Day/Green TAG Day
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
    Fac./Staff Retreat - No School
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    Progress Reports
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    Sep 23 Fac./Staff Retreat
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    Father/Son Saturday: Basketball Camp, Talks
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