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Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

WASHINGTON—In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide. “The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 5-4 majority. “This is true for all persons, whatever their […]


Thousands gather at Statehouse to pay respects to Sen. Clementa Pinckney

COLUMBIA—The crowd that poured onto the Capitol grounds to mourn Sen. Clementa Pinckney on June 24 was a tribute not just to him, but to each of the victims shot at Emanuel AME Church last week. Thousands of mourners stood together for hours on a brutally hot day, waiting patiently for the chance to pay […]


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Catholics sing at Emanuel AME Church

CHARLESTON—A group of Catholics gathered outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston to pray the rosary on Sunday, June 21, for the nine people who were shot and killed there. They also prayed for everyone affected by the massacre. The group concludes their prayer with song.


Photos: South Carolinians unite in prayer after Charleston shooting

Wednesday, June 24 Above, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, at left, helps Barbara Thompson, from Manning, SC, while she struggled in the heat during the nearly 2 1/2 hour wait in line to view Senator Clementa C. Pinckney inside the state capital building. Sen. Pinckney was one of nine people shot and killed at Emanuel AME […]


Prayers offered for victims and their families

CHARLESTON—Participants in a prayer circle at Neighborhood House held hands under a blazing sun Friday and called for God to bring us peace, help us heal and love one another. “Everyone needs to be a messenger of love to all people, with no age or race barriers,” said Pastor Kay Colleton with the Manna Life […]


Bishop Guglielmone offers prayers after church shooting in Charleston

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston released the following statement today regarding the June 17 shooting of nine people at Emanuel AME Church. “I am deeply saddened by the mass murder that occurred at Emanuel AME Church. The inside of any church is a sanctuary. When a person enters, he or she […]


Parishes work to build intercultural bridges

South Carolina is rapidly becoming a more diverse place to live, and nowhere is that more evident than at the parish level. Statewide, the Hispanic population has been growing for more than 20 years. Recently, many churches have also seen an increase in other populations including Vietnamese, Koreans, Filipinos and immigrants from Africa and the […]


All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will have an […]


Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

VATICAN CITY—Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato […]


Parents transmit church teaching on marriage by example, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Children need to see their parents kiss each other, complement each other and resolve arguments peacefully, Pope Francis said. “Dear parents, your children need to discover by watching you that it is beautiful to love another,” the pope told parents participating in the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome. Parents […]


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