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After attacks, New Zealand bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed. The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where 7 were killed. One more person […]

Faith and flowers: Special rules keep God’s house simply beautiful

VATICAN CITY—Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of flowers. The small floral arrangement usually seen on the corner of the altar of the chapel in the papal residence for morning Mass has […]

Rite of Election reminds the faithful to welcome new Catholics

The first weekend of Lent marked a special milestone for hundreds of people on the road to entering the Church as they took part in the Rite of Election and Continuing Conversion.  Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated the rite for all seven deaneries, merged into four locations around the diocese: March 8 at Prince of […]

Nativity School receives award from national board for full-inclusion

JAMES ISLAND—When Nativity School was approached with the idea of integrating a child with Down Syndrome into a regular classroom setting, officials’ first reaction was ‘Sure, let’s figure this out and make it work,’” said Cindy May, a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston. May contacted the school about Maybelle, […]

Judge sentences Cardinal Pell to six years in prison on abuse charges

MELBOURNE, Australia—Cardinal George Pell, 77, was sentenced to six years in prison March 13, just over two weeks after a Melbourne court allowed the publication of news that he had been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys. Cardinal Pell, who continues to maintain his innocence, will try to appeal the verdict. The court has […]

Diocesan youth basketball tournament draws 53 teams

AIKEN—St. Mary in Greenville and Christ Our King-Stella Maris in Mount Pleasant ruled the courts at the annual Diocese of Charleston Youth Basketball Tournament. The event, held at St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken recently, fielded 53 junior and senior teams from schools and parishes across the state, said Laurie Ulmer, athletic director at […]

Basketball madness: Cardinal Newman, Bishop England win state titles

Two schools in the Diocese of Charleston rode a wave of skill and determination to claim three state basketball titles. Bishop England High School in Charleston and Cardinal Newman School in Columbia each won their respective tournaments, with the Lady Bishops’ clinching a sixth victory and the Cardinal’s claiming bragging rights for both the women’s […]

Four CRS staffers, humanitarian workers aboard Ethiopian jet that crashed

WASHINGTON—Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation. The accident March 10 claimed the lives of 157 people on board, many of them from humanitarian agencies. Others on […]

Advocating for Catholic schools and public schools too

When you drive through Orangeburg County, Bamberg County, and Allendale County, it’s no surprise to find no Catholic schools along the way. There are some very nice homes, some expansive farms, cotton fields, lumber trucks loaded with pines, and also some dilapidated trailers.  Around the state there are quite a few places that fit this […]

Pope: World in need of ‘ecological conversion’ to advance sustainability

VATICAN CITY—Sustainable development cannot be achieved without the voices of those affected by the exploitation of the earth’s resources, especially the poor, migrants, indigenous people and young men and women, Pope Francis told participants at a Vatican conference on sustainable development. Without a change of attitude that focuses on the well-being of the planet and […]

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