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Lent begins with reminder of all that fades away, pope says

ROME—Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and God’s promise of eternal life, Pope Francis said. After a brief prayer at the Benedictine’s Monastery of St. Anselm on Rome’s Aventine Hill, Pope […]

Hello, Newman! Chaplain, students work toward new center

CONWAY—A new era is on the horizon for campus ministry at Coastal Carolina University.  Catholic students will soon have their own space to call home on campus for the first time in the growing school’s history.  Father David Nerbun, the first full-time chaplain for Coastal, is leading efforts to construct a Newman Center inside a […]

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Youth learn significance of ashes in fiery Lenten tradition

COLUMBUS, Ind.—Smoke billowed from a small fire pit, rising nearly as high as the steeple of St. Bartholomew Church in Columbus. About 100 students watched from a safe distance March 4 as church staff stoked the flame and periodically tossed in handfuls of dry palm branches. The smoldering ashes that remained were destined to mark […]

Married couples retreat offers time for renewal

CHARLESTON—Taking on the role of ministry in the Church means living up to a certain standard, which isn’t always easy to do. Sometimes people have bad days. Sometimes couples have rough patches. But when your spouse is a parish deacon, or a youth minister, or teaches adult faith formation, there is an extra weight to […]

Pope Francis calls for true conversion in Lenten message

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone asks South Carolina Catholics to read and prayerfully consider the words of Pope Francis’ Lenten message: “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Rom 8:19) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare […]

Updated diocesan policy on safety addresses issue of carrying weapons

CHARLESTON—Safety and security have increasingly become a concern for churches in the wake of tragic events such as the shootings that killed nine people at a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2015 and 25 worshipers at a Baptist church in Texas in 2017.  The Diocese of Charleston has responded […]

Women find support and strength in Belonging

GREENVILLE—For women who have ever searched in vain for Catholic sisterhood, a space has been made especially for them: the Belonging Catholic Conference for Women.  The event has a two-fold mission, and the first is to reach out to women who feel they don’t belong and bring them into the fold of the Church.  “I […]

Lent is time to let go of ‘destructive’ selfishness, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The Lenten season is a reminder for Catholics that overindulgence ruptures communion with God, with others and with creation, Pope Francis said. A failure to live as children of God can give way to sin, which “takes the shape of greed and unbridled pursuit of comfort, lack of concern for the good of others […]

Students research military and their families for lessons in black history

COLUMBIA—Students at St. Martin de Porres School celebrated Black History Month with a salute to generations of men and women who have served their country in the armed forces.  The theme for this year’s celebration was “The Year of the Veteran.”  Every student in the school researched a topic related to African American service in […]

USCCB condemns Senate rejection of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON—The Senate in an evening vote Feb. 25 failed to advance a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, that would have required babies born alive after an abortion to be given medical attention and “the same protection of law as any newborn.” The vote to bring the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act forward was 53-44. […]

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