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Diocese supports Miracle Hill Ministries to protect religious freedom

The Diocese of Charleston has issued the following statement regarding religious freedom and Miracle Hill Ministries, the largest provider of foster families in South Carolina. The ministry has come under scrutiny for placing children only with Protestant families. “The Catholic Diocese of Charleston supports Miracle Hill Ministries’ ability to assist in placing vulnerable children in […]

McCarrick removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington. The Vatican announced the decision Feb. 16, saying he was found guilty of “solicitation in the sacrament of confession and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating […]

Cruisin’ through Catholic Schools Week

Every day, all through the school year, there are reasons to celebrate education in the diocese. Student awards in academics and the arts. Sporting accomplishments. Faculty honors. Commitment to the faith. Stewardship efforts. Inclusion and leadership. Every school has so many reasons to be proud, and grateful to the parishes and communities that support them, […]

Heritage celebration focuses on contributions of Black Catholics

ORANGEBURG—Over 150 people, representing several of our historically African American parishes in the diocese, participated in a two-day celebration that focused on the gifts Black Catholics bring to the Church. Holy Trinity hosted the gathering, “Blessed Are the Peace Makers: Racism, Social Justice and the Genius of Black Spirituality”, sponsored by the Office of Ethnic […]

Texas locality orders popular Catholic center for migrants to vacate

WASHINGTON—A group of city commissioners in the border city of McAllen, Texas, voted in mid-February to remove from a building a popular Catholic-administered center run by Sister Norma Pimentel, who has been praised by Pope Francis for her work with migrants. McAllen city commissioners voted Feb. 11 to vacate within 90 days the building that […]

Pope calls on world leaders to eradicate poverty, hunger

ROME—Sustainable development in rural areas is key to making poverty and hunger a thing of the past, Pope Francis said. In an address to members of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s governing council Feb. 14, the pope said that while achieving such a goal “has been talked about for a long time,” there has […]

Permanent diaconate flourishing as more men ordained

MURRELLS INLET—Sixteen new permanent deacons will be serving the Diocese of Charleston, and one man is now closer to the priesthood after being ordained to the transitional diaconate.  Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone ordained the men at St. Michael Church on Feb. 9. The liturgy took place in front of hundreds of family and friends, many […]

Filmmaker’s new movie ‘Across’ tells story of Father Augustus Tolton

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest ordained for a diocese in the United States, was born into slavery and endured myriad obstacles, both inside the Catholic Church and out, as he relentlessly followed his call from God. Nashville filmmaker Chris Foley, inspired by the story of Father Tolton’s life, has written and directed […]

This year’s Lent could be just what struggling church needs

WASHINGTON—When Lent begins March 6, U.S. Catholics will likely be more than ready for it. This set-aside time for prayer and reflection — after all the church has been through in recent months — could provide both a healing balm and a needed boost forward, some say. Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is typically […]

Indiana parish opens ‘Blessing Box’ as a gift to people in need

INDIANAPOLIS—Father Doug Marcotte believes “there’s no better way to change a community than one small act of kindness at a time.” So the pastor of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Jeffersonville embraced a plan from one of the parishioners to help individuals and families in the community when they don’t have enough food […]

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