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West Virginia’s attorney general files suit against diocese, former Bishop Bransfield

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The attorney general of West Virginia has brought a civil suit against the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, citing provisions of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. The filing says that based on its investigation, the state attorney general’s office claims that the diocese and Bishop […]

SCCCW laity and religious focus on the path to salvation

HILTON HEAD—The 89th annual convention of the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women was a three-day experience of worship, fellowship and spiritual growth for 157 women. The event was held March 8-10 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa.  The women focused on the theme “Enter through the narrow gate…” (Mt 7:13), which is […]

Altars for St. Joseph express devotion and gratitude

NEW ORLEANS, La.—Catholic culture is everywhere in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is the city’s defining celebration. The city’s cathedral is one of its most well-known landmarks. And in the days leading to March 19, the people of New Orleans take up a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages — they build “St. Joseph […]

Statewide Catholic Bee puts religious knowledge to the test

ROCK HILL—How well would you do if you had to answer questions about the Catholic faith while standing in front of a room full of people?  Students faced that challenge recently at the first Diocese of Charleston Catholic Bee held March 2 at St. Anne School.  The competition drew 30 Catholic school students in third […]

Anthony Ray Hinton describes false imprisonment and how faith heals hatred

GREENVILLE—A year ago, Jennie Neighbors took a group of students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School to Alabama, where they learned about some of the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s, with stops at landmarks in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. While in Montgomery, they heard a talk from Anthony Ray […]

Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB president, ‘resting comfortably’ after suffering mild stroke

HOUSTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken to the hospital late March 15 after experiencing symptoms of what tests March 16 confirmed was a mild stroke, according to an archdiocesan statement. “The cardinal was resting comfortably and conversing with associates, doctors and nurses,” the statement said. […]

Go forward in Lent by imitating God and being merciful to others

VATICAN CITY—The season of Lent is a time for Christians to reflect on and practice the mercy of God toward others and not waste away sitting in judgment of others, Pope Francis said. Jesus’ command to “be merciful, just as your father is merciful” is a reminder for Christians that God always has shown them […]

Head of African youth network: Listen to young people on ecology

NAIROBI, Kenya—The head of an African youth network urged the world’s religions to embrace the voices of young people, as the leaders explore ways to tackle the current global ecological crisis. Allen Ottaro, founder and executive director of the Catholic Youth Network for Environment Sustainability for Africa, said young people were aware of the current […]

USCCB migration chairman, head of CRS oppose ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee and the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services March 13 joined Texas and Mexico bishops in opposing the U.S. policy of sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico while they wait for court proceedings. “We urge the (Trump) administration to reverse this policy, which needlessly increases the suffering […]

On the feast of St. Patrick’s, keep the victims of human trafficking in your heart

St. Patrick, known in his time as Patricius, was a Roman Briton, credited (as we know) with the evangelization of Ireland. Under his gentle teaching, Ireland became the first nation fully evangelized outside of the Roman sphere. The Irish weren’t led to convert under military threat or political expediency. The Gospel simply came alive in […]

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