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Chief Norris honored at St. Kateri fête

GREENVILLE­—This year’s feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha was both a celebration and a remembrance for parishioners and guests at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The July 15 Mass honoring the patroness of the environment was held for the first time in the magnificent new church. A year ago, the new building was still […]


Groups call for legal paths to migration in face of latest tragedy

VATICAN CITY—Stopping criminal networks of human traffickers will require the creation of “safe, legal and responsible migration pathways” so that vulnerable migrants and refugees do not feel forced to turn to smugglers to reach their destinations, said a group of Catholic organizations. Catholic humanitarian groups, religious orders and coalitions of women religious who have a […]


World ‘sorely needs’ Scouts’ values of generosity and service

GLEN JEAN, W.Va.—Scouting develops generosity, service and fraternity, which are all values “our world sorely needs,” the papal nuncio told Catholic Scouts gathered for a July 23 Mass during the annual Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree. “These values are the antidote to the selfishness and individualism of our society,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre said in […]


Pope, others pray as parents of Charlie Gard end legal struggle for help

MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their son. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced in London’s High Court July 24 that they had ended their legal struggle to take their baby overseas for treatment after a U.S. neurologist, […]


Vatican shuts down fountains as Rome deals with drought

VATICAN CITY—While Rome reels from one of its worst droughts in decades, the Vatican is doing its part to conserve water by shutting down the city-state’s 100 fountains. The office governing Vatican City State announced July 25 that the drought has “led the Holy See to take measures aimed at saving water” by shutting down […]


Pope prays for dialogue, reconciliation in Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to “moderation and dialogue” as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to members of both faiths. After reciting the Angelus July 23, the pope asked people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the midday prayer to join him […]


Aged to perfection

If commercials provide our cultural information, we may be tempted to conclude that aging is a national tragedy. Hair loss ruins men, wrinkles wreak havoc on women, and life isn’t survivable without the latest medications, including opioids, which, of course, also require other medications to deal with constipation. People of faith might do well to […]


Father Menard marks his golden jubilee as a Franciscan

CLEMSON—Franciscan Father Bob Menard enjoys citing Irish poet W.B. Yeats, specifically the fourth verse from his poem “Vacillation.” In it, Yeats describes a man fondly reflecting on the 50th year of his life. This summer, Father Menard is celebrating a half-century of vows as a Franciscan friar. Given his love of both poetry and prose […]


What does INRI stand for?

Q: In the Bible, Jesus talks about a sin that is unforgivable. This makes me very nervous. What is this sin that is unforgivable? (Columbia, SC) A: In his public teachings, Jesus speaks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as being an unforgivable sin (Lk 12:10). This has been generally interpreted to mean a rejection […]


Bishop Dewane: Budget is a moral document that should not put poor in jeopardy

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House budget resolution “will place millions of poor and vulnerable people in real jeopardy” because it reduces deficits through cuts for human needs and by trying to slash taxes at the same time, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. “A nation’s budget is a moral document,” said Bishop Frank […]


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