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Idolatry of wealth, beauty demands a costly sacrifice, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Idolatry is a human inclination that spares neither believers nor atheists and deprives people of life and love in exchange for slavery to unfulfilled dreams, Pope Francis said. Although wealth, fame, beauty and power differ from the idols of ancient times, they all require “a human sacrifice,” the pope said Aug. 1 during his […]

U.S. altar servers bring tradition, heritage to Rome

VATICAN CITY—Among the thousands of young altar servers braving the sweltering Rome heat, a group from the United States sat patiently in the shade of the colonnade in St. Peter’s Square waiting to take their seats. “Rome is really cool, but it’s really hot,” Francis Tran, an 11-year-old altar server from the United States, told […]

Religious liberty ‘rooted in dignity of human person,’ says archbishop

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, gave three reasons why religious freedom is important to the Catholic Church in a speech July 30 at a conference on the issue at the Justice Department in Washington. “We are called by Jesus Christ to inspire a culture, religious freedom gives us a space to serve, and […]

Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary promotes pro-life message

WASHINGTON—The Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, turned 50 this year, with this year’s games held in Seattle. The Catholic community had joined in to present a winning pitch four years ago to host the Special Olympics for 2018 and were rewarded with the games. Not only were the games, held July 1-6, a […]

Pope Francis: Faith is measured by one’s treatment of the poor

VATICAN CITY—The love with which individuals and communities treat the poor, the weak, and the hungry, is the best measure of faith, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. “Faced with the cry of hunger — all sorts of ‘hunger’ — of so many brothers and sisters in every part of the world, we […]

Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors. The announcement came first from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

It’s time for respect

We Americans are noted for being outspoken politically and making fun of our governing officials. Cartoonists caricature politicians, and everyone from town council members to the president gets lampooned. Though it may be customary for us, in Wild West democracy style, not to take authorities seriously, that isn’t part of the mode of operations prescribed for […]

No gum before Communion

Q. My priest recently reminded us about the fast before Communion. He said that gum is a part of this fast. This just seems extreme to me. What if someone is chewing gum for fresh breath or for anxiety? (Greenville, SC) A. The Eucharistic fast is one of the strictest fasts of the Church. This is […]

Presentations help make Catholicism credible for doubting Millennials

WASHINGTON, D.C.—How can Catholics respond to young people’s questions and concerns about faith, science, and modern problems? Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer thinks a new educational series called Credible Catholic can help. “The problem of faith and science and evidence is really significant. Just invest a couple hours of your time and you’ll improve not just […]

Pope: World needs leaders who can practice a just way to live

VATICAN CITY—The world needs leaders who can “put into practice a more just way for all of us to live in this world as sharers in a common destiny,” Pope Francis said. “There is no need, on the other hand, for hurling slogans that often remain empty, or for antagonism between parties jockeying for the […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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