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Catholic women urge bishops to work together and with laity for healing

BALTIMORE—The U.S. bishops, who gathered for a time of prayer at the start of their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, were urged by Catholic women church leaders Nov. 12 to be courageous and work with each other and the laity to move forward from this moment when the church is reeling from abuse allegations. The […]

Mass, ceremony mark 100th anniversary of World War I’s end

WASHINGTON—With a solemn Mass, the mournful toll of bells, and patriotic songs and poems, more than 300 gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor those men and women who have served in the […]

Knights honor police officers, firefighters at Blue Mass

CHARLESTON—The Knights of Columbus celebrated and honored first responders at a special Mass and breakfast held at St. Joseph Church recently. During the ceremony, awards were presented to Douglas Kelley as Police Officer of the Year and Chris Vanhoy, deputy fire chief, as Firefighter of the Year. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Fire […]

Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate; lawsuits continue

WASHINGTON—A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be “the end of a long cultural war fight” over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government “never needed nuns to give out contraceptives” to women, said the president of the Becket law firm. Commenting in a press call to reporters Nov. 8, […]

World has not learned lessons from Great War, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said. World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means to put […]

Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

BALTIMORE—At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed the bishops as they opened their fall general assembly Nov. 12 in Baltimore that the […]

Paying tribute to our freedom fighters

Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is a time to stand united and pay respect to all the veterans who have served our country. The day of tribute was established on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany that ended World War I, on the eleventh hour […]

Special delivery: Vatican Christmas stamps feature inmate’s art

VATICAN CITY—As the Christmas season draws near, the Vatican postal service prepared a unique set of commemorative stamps designed by a talented, yet unlikely, artist: a prisoner serving a life sentence. The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office announced Oct. 30 that its 2018 Christmas stamps will feature images of the Annunciation and of Mary holding […]

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Atlanta archbishop releases list of credibly accused priests

ATLANTA—Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta has released a list of the priests, deacons, seminarians and religious credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor dating from 1956, when the diocese was established, until now. Atlanta became an archdiocese in 1962. In a statement published on the archdiocese’s website, the archbishop said Nov. 6 that […]

Religious sisters look to women in the Gospel for guidance on changing roles

MYRTLE BEACH—Women religious in the United States are at a pivotal moment in their history. Members of many congregations are aging, new membership is declining and current religious are faced with questions of who will carry on their ministries and legacy after they are gone. More than 60 religious sisters considered ways to face these […]

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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
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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