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Priests and marriage: Pope’s response not so new after all

VATICAN CITY—While Pope Francis’ recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love […]


Archdiocese announces beatification date for first American-born martyr

WASHINGTON—The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one of its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma. “It’s official! Praised be Jesus Christ! Archbishop [Paul S.] Coakley received official word this morning from Rome that Servant of […]


Sin is scary, but God is always ready to forgive, pope says

ROME—Witches don’t really exist, so they can do no harm, Pope Francis told a young girl, but gossip, sin and evil exist and they hurt people every day. “What frightens me?” the pope asked, repeating the question posed by Sara, one of the children at the Rome parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa. “I’m frightened […]


Speakers at annual conference encourage men to lead their families

TAYLORS—A challenge was issued to several hundred men recently to fulfill what each has been called to do as a Catholic: be good fathers and husbands. “You have been given a gift,” Father Jeffrey Kirby told nearly 400 men who gathered on March 4 at Prince of Peace Church for a day of reflection and […]


Immaculate Conception prays for perpetual adoration chapel

GOOSE CREEK—The Eucharistic Congress held at Immaculate Conception Church was a first for the parish, and organizers have high hopes for the miracles it could lead to. Adorno Father Jason Caganap, pastor, said the success of the parish event March 3-5 — which drew about 600 people — could open the door to a diocesan […]


Good Shepherd prayer group consecrate themselves to Mary

MCCORMICK—Members of Good Shepherd Church’s “Joyful Journey” prayer group completed “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do It Yourself Retreat” on Feb. 11. The 12 participants consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary. Each week was dedicated to one of four saints: Louis de Montfort, Maximillian Kolbe, Teresa of Calcutta, and John Paul II. Each day, […]


‘Good Shepherd Dinner’ promotes vocations

COLUMBIA—A group of high school and college-age young men in the Columbia deanery gather for a “Good Shepherd Dinner” on Feb. 20 at St. Joseph Church. Father Andrew Trapp organized the event to promote vocations. They met with Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Father Mark Good, vocations director, and other priests. The group spoke to three […]


Boy Scouts of America membership decision does not affect Catholic troops

South Carolinians are encouraged to remain supportive of Catholic Scouting regardless of their opinion on the Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to accept transgender youth, according to Scout leaders in the diocese. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone released a statement in mid-February stressing the fact that the state’s Catholic troops will not be impacted by […]


Summerville Catholic School boys’ basketball team wins title

SUMMERVILLE—The Summerville Catholic School senior boys’ basketball team finished their season as the Parochial League Champions in the Trident League Division 1 and as Trident League runners-up at the state competition. The team is coached by Magic Linton and Ryan Foor. Pictured are: Mason Brenner, Jake Ballogh, Dominic Coffman, Tajon Simmons, Matthew Foor, Ryan Foor, […]


Pope talks criticisms, shortage of priests in interview with German weekly

VATICAN CITY—When facing criticism, a sense of humor and the grace to remain at peace are always the best response, Pope Francis said in an interview with Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper. In the interview, published March 8 online and in print March 9, the pope laughed and said the Roman dialect featured in posters that […]


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