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Smithsonian exhibit explores religious diversity in early America

WASHINGTON—The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new exhibition, “Religion in Early America,” celebrates the free exercise of religion and the religious diversity that define American faith life. The exhibit features artifacts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other major world religions. Peter Manseau, the museum’s Lilly Endowment curator of American religious history, is the author […]


Striving to remain ‘saved’

A 13-year-old who lived across the street from our convent announced, after a weekend with a friend, “I got saved.” She had gone to church and participated in an altar call. Her parents would likely agree with my observation that she didn’t don a halo forever after. “Getting saved” is language Catholics don’t typically use. […]


Bible studies of other faiths

Q: Recently some Catholic friends challenged me for attending a non-Catholic Bible study. I’ve been going to the study for a couple of years. The people in the study have always been respectful and I’ve learned a lot in the study. Is it wrong for me to attend a non-Catholic Bible study? (Charlotte, NC) A: […]


Excavation uncovers signs of ancient Christian city near Rome

ROME, Italy—Just eleven miles east of Rome lies the site of excavations of another ancient city, one which thrived in the last few centuries before Christ, but, overshadowed by Rome, eventually died out — though not before having its own thriving Christian community. The city, Gabii, was first occupied by small groups of settlers in […]


USCCB president urges Trump to quickly act to ease contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on President Donald Trump to ease the “onerous” contraceptive mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act because it violates religious freedom. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in an op-ed piece in The Hill Aug. 3 […]


New bells blessed and installed at St. Mary Help of Christians

AIKEN—St. Mary Help of Christians held a blessing of four bells to be placed in its new bell tower (currently nearing the end of its construction) on July 16 after the 11 a.m. Mass. A bilingual celebration was held in English and Spanish to reflect the community, said Father Gregory Wilson, pastor. Msgr. Richard D. […]


Sisters of Charity Foundation awards community enrichment grants totaling $420,000

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently awarded its community enrichment grants for 2017, totaling $420,000 to 22 organizations.  The foundation’s mission to address poverty in all its forms is reflected in its decision-making around community enrichment grants. These grants are designed to provide financial support to organizations whose services go beyond meeting […]


Bishop asks Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ immigration bill

WASHINGTON—Calling a proposed piece of legislation “discriminatory,” the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels over a decade, and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring […]


Knights to send $2 million to restore Christian town in Iraq

WASHINGTON—In 2014, the Islamic State removed hundreds of families of religious minorities from their homes in Karamdes, a mostly Christian town on the Ninevah Plain in Iraq. Just over two years later, the town, also known as Karemlash, was liberated. The Knights of Columbus will raise $2 million to assist these families in returning to […]


Pope: Christians are oriented toward light and hope

VATICAN CITY—The ancient practice of orienting church buildings East to West — with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East — was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said. “What does it mean to be a Christian? It means looking toward the light, continuing to make […]


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