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USCCB president seeks papal audience, answers to former nuncio’s questions

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. In an Aug. 27 statement, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by Archbishop Carlo […]


Province’s bishops consider ways to lead in the face of crisis

CHARLESTON—Priests and bishops from the Province of Atlanta spent time considering the most recent abuse crisis in the Church, how to respond to it and how to best carry on in serving the faithful. The occasion was the Provincial Assembly of Priests and Bishops, held Aug. 20-22 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. The […]


Pope begins Dublin Mass with penitential plea for forgiveness

DUBLIN—Before celebrating Mass in a Dublin park, Pope Francis solemnly asked forgiveness for the thousands of cases of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by Catholics in Ireland. “We ask forgiveness for the abuse in Ireland, abuse of power and of conscience, sexual abuse” by clergy and religious, he said Aug. 26. “In a special way, […]



Family love teaches the world about God’s love, says cardinal

DUBLIN, IRELAN—Love in the family is the first step to teaching the world about the love of God, said Cardinal João Braz de Aviz during Mass at the World Meeting of Families. “Only by starting from love can the family manifest and spread and generate God’s love in the world. Without love, we cannot live […]


Religious intolerance cannot be fought with more intolerance

VATICAN CITY—Catholic legislators must defend religious freedom around the globe, but they must take care to ensure they do not fall into the trap of showing disrespect toward or intolerance of other religions while doing so, Pope Francis said. The pope met Aug. 22 with participants in the annual meeting of the International Catholic Legislators […]


Family is part of Church’s ‘good news’ for the world

DUBLIN, IRELAND—God’s plan for the family may sometimes feel countercultural, but it is nevertheless part of the Church’s “good news” for society and for the world, said Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh. In his keynote for the first full day of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, the Irish bishop recalled the words of […]


Dominican sister’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

CHICAGO—Not only is Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck a nun, she’s also an internet sensation. The ceremonial first pitch she tossed prior to a Chicago White Sox-Kansas City Royals game in Chicago Aug. 18 — a curveball with what baseball insiders call “12-to-6” action — was a perfect strike. It also didn’t hurt that Sister […]


Pope Francis: Saints show the heart’s true desire

VATICAN CITY—The lives of the saints are attractive because they demonstrate the radical and authentic relationship with Christ that each person is called to, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “Why are the saints so able to touch the heart?” he asked at the general audience Aug. 22. “Because in the saints we see what our heart […]


Pastoral formation enters a new phase

CHARLESTON—The diocesan program of pastoral formation is advancing into its second phase of development for the laity. Created by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and headed up by Franciscan Sister Kathy Adamski, pastoral formation was developed as a way for laypeople employed in diocesan offices and parishes to learn more about the faith and how it […]


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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of Ethnic Ministries
    Oct 278:00 am Day of Continuing Education for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of Native American Ministry
    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
    From the Calendar of Vietnamese Ministry
    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    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
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Jan 1210:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate