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Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with their parents […]

Pope supports U.S. bishops’ criticism of ‘immoral’ immigration policy

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration’s policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons. “I am on the side of the bishops’ conference,” Pope Francis said in an interview with the Reuters […]

Bishop Guglielmone encourages aid and prayer for refugees

A message from Bishop Robert E. Gulielmone: Tomorrow, June 20, is World Refugee Day and there are more migrants and internally displaced people now than at any other time in history. More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, poverty and violence, according to Catholic Relief Services. Church teaching […]

Saint Leo survey gives Pope Francis high marks

LEO, FLORIDA—Pope Francis continues to garner favorable opinion among Americans, according to a new Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey ( The most recent poll shows his favorability at 68.7 percent, up from 65.6 percent in February, and 62.9 percent in November 2017. This online poll was conducted nationally among 1,000 adults between May 25 […]

Bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of children

WASHINGTON—From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. None have been more outspoken, however, […]

Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is a form of eugenics

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what lives were worth keeping or eliminating. Children are God’s greatest gift and should be welcomed “as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even […]

U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

VATICAN CITY—With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner — the Vatican. The rare eight-page document, estimated to be worth $1.2 million, had been secretly replaced […]

Our Lady’s Pantry opening in Greenville in August

GREENVILLE—Coming in August, Catholic Charities will open Our Lady’s Pantry in partnership with other community organizations in San Souci and surrounding areas in Greenville to address food insecurity, diabetes, and obesity. Recently, a dedication ceremony was held to unveil a series of murals at the pantry, and to honor all of those involved in creating […]

Father Rhett Williams heeds God’s call

CHARLESTON—A long process of spiritual discernment came to fruition for Charleston native Father Rhett Williams when he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on June 8 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Cathedral is also the new priest’s home parish. In his homily, Bishop Guglielmone noted that the […]

At spring assembly in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions’ asylum decision

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. “At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” the bishops’ statement said. They urged the nation’s policymakers and courts “to respect […]

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    Jun 226:00 pm Ordination of the Adorno Deacons - Immaculate Conception - Goose Creek
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    Jun 235:30 pm St. Philip Neri - Fort Mill - 25th Parish Anniversary - All day event - Mass at 5:30
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    Jun 25 Xavier Institute for Black Catholic Studies
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    Jun 276:30 pm Bishop presiding Confirmation - Stella Maris - Sullivans Island
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    Jun 288:00 am Mass at St. Patrick's - Charleston
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    Jun 304:00 pm Fortnight for Freedom - Cardinal Newman HS - Columbia
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    Jul 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application open
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    Jul 2 St. Anthony of Padua Summer Academy Holiday-no school
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    Jul 4 Independence Day
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    Independence Day
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    Jul 9 Summer Academy Resumes
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    Jul 14 Diocese of Charleston St. Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day Celebration
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    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Jul 158:00 am Diaconate Formation Class
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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
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    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
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