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Provincial bishops discuss family, immigration and growth

CHARLESTON—Bishops from the Atlanta Province reflected on a positive trend in their areas while attending their 2017 meeting June 26-28 in the Diocese of Charleston. All of the dioceses which make up the province are experiencing a record amount of growth, said Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. In this regard, the […]


Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink, former teacher at Cardinal Newman, dies at 82

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Ursuline Sister Louise Marie Willenbrink died at Baptist Health hospital on June 21. She was 82. A vigil service was held at the Ursuline Motherhouse on June 26. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 27 in the Motherhouse Chapel with burial in St. Michael Cemetery.  Arrangements were handled by Bosse Funeral […]


Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill released late June 26, said the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance. “This moment cannot pass without comment,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice […]


Was the Holy Family poor?

Q: If Catholics and Protestants have a different number of books in the Old Testament, do we have the same number in the New Testament?  (Charlotte, NC) A: Thanks be to God, all mainstream Christians agree that there are 27 books in the New Testament.   Q: Were Joseph and Mary really poor, as they’re […]


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Father Andrew Fryml gives credit to family support

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone ordains Father Andrew Fryml at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on June 9. Over 40 other priests were there to support and lay hands on their new brother in ministry. A large group of family members also turned out to celebrate this special occasion. The Cathedral was completely filled with hundreds […]



Pope: True Christians are guided by God, not crystal balls

VATICAN CITY—The Christian life is a path along which men and women are called to be led by God rather than turning to psychics and horoscopes in the hopes of knowing what lies ahead, Pope Francis said. Like Jesus, who was stripped of everything and nailed to a cross, Christians are called to “strip” themselves […]


Can tattoos be sacramentals?

When Ray Bradbury published “The Illustrated Man” in 1951, tattoos covering virtually whole bodies were not as commonplace as they are today. Bradbury’s science fiction collection used as its starter a character whose body had been tattooed by a mysterious Minnesota crone. He became an object of wonder and terror as the tattoos came to […]


USCCB says ‘fundamental defects’ persist in Senate’s version of health bill

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act contains “many of the fundamental defects” that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act “and even further compounds them,” said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. The Senate released its health care reform bill in “discussion draft” form June 22. […]


In lieu of visit, pope makes donation to South Sudan charities

VATICAN CITY—With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support. Because a planned trip with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury […]


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    Jul 1All Day Convocation of Catholic Leaders - Orlando
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    USCCB National Convocation of Catholic Leaders
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 2 Vietnamese Women's Club
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    Jul 37:00 pm Mariologia #4
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jul 5 African American and African Young Adult Gathering in Orlando FL
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    Jul 6 National Black Catholic Congress XII
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    Jul 8 Vietnamese Men's Club
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    Jul 96:00 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    Jul 10 High School CLI
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    Jul 1112:05 pm Bishop to say Mass at St. John the Baptist - Charleston
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    2:00 pm Loaves and Fishes Stewardship Webcast
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    Jul 158:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
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    Jul 168:30 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 19 Tekakwitha Conference
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    7:00 pm Junta de Vicaria (Charleston)
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    Aug 1 New Youth Minister Boot Camp
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    7:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
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    Aug 27:00 pm Doctrina Social #1
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