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Chaplains take college campus ministry to the high schools

COLUMBIA—Those who work in campus ministry have to deal with the sad fact that many young Catholics stop practicing their faith once they start college.  Father David Nerbun has seen this play out as chaplain at Coastal Carolina University, where about 30 percent of the 11,000 students are Catholic but Mass and other activities only […]


Feast of Black Nazarene draws millions in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines—Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila warned against fanaticism in his homily during a Mass to usher in the feast of the Black Nazarene Jan. 9. The cardinal told thousands of people who attended the midnight celebration to distinguish “fanatics” from “devotees,” reported ucanews.com. “What is the meaning of devotion? Every year, it is […]


Prayer has the power to change lives, hearts, pope says

VATICAN CITY—God is a father who never ignores his children when they call to him in times of suffering, loneliness and despair, Pope Francis said. Although at times it seems that “so many of our prayers seem to have no result,” Christians are called by Christ to “insist and not give up,” the pope said […]


Spiritual resolutions can strengthen our bond with Christ

The calendar has flipped over to 2019, and with that comes the automatic question: What are your New Year’s resolutions? Many of us are likely to trot out the tried and true ones: Lose weight. Eat better. Save more money. Exercise more.  There are, however, resolutions that can improve our spiritual life. A new year […]


Pope Francis: Serve the sick with generosity

VATICAN CITY—To serve the poor and sick in a generous manner is a powerful form of evangelization, Pope Francis said in a message for the upcoming World Day of the Sick. “The Church — as a Mother to all her children, especially the infirm — reminds us that generous gestures, like that of the Good […]


SCCCW Charleston Deanery to host annual luncheon, silent auction on Jan. 20

CHARLESTON—The women’s guild from St. Patrick Church will host the South Carolina Council of Catholic Women’s Charleston Deanery Annual Luncheon, Meeting and Silent Auction on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the church, 134 St. Philip Street. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required by Jan. 12. The cost is $20. To RSVP, contact Beverly Buford […]


New location for bishop’s town hall meeting in Aiken

AIKEN—The town hall meeting scheduled for the Aiken Deanery on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. will be held at St. Angela Hall, 118 York St. SE. It was originally slated to be held at the church. Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone is holding a series of town hall meetings across the diocese to hear from people […]


National Migration Week to be celebrated through Jan. 12

WASHINGTON—National Migration Week 2019 kicked off on Jan. 6 and will run to Jan. 12. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which provides an opportunity for the Church to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. The […]


The gift of the Magi is to seek Jesus, serve him and others

VATICAN CITY—People find Jesus only through humble love, and once they find him, they are called to offer him the gifts of their prayer, their adoration and their care of others, Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of Epiphany Jan. 6, the pope said Christians are called to imitate the Magi: “They do not debate; […]


Annual ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign takes place on Jan. 14-22

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops announced Dec. 18 the annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. Sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro Life Activities, the “9 Days” observance leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children […]


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