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Pope Francis furthers the sainthood causes of five men, two women

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of two medical doctors and six religious — many of whom died just a generation ago. The pope approved the decrees during an audience Feb. 27 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. The pope recognized the martyrdom of Salesian Father Titus Zeman, who […]


Couples receive salute for milestone marriages

HILTON HEAD ISLAND—Marriage Day 2017 saluted 74 couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries at St. Francis by the Sea Church. Each couple was blessed during Mass and honored at a reception in the parish family center. Their collective years of marriage totaled 3,684. All anniversaries of more than 60 years were also deemed a milestone. Phyliss […]


USCCB committee chairmen applaud decision on transgender directive

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees Feb. 24 praised President Donald Trump’s repeal of President Barack Obama’s administration’s directive on transgender access to bathrooms. The guidance, issued last May by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, “indicated that public pre-K through 12 schools, as well as all colleges and universities, […]


U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on border shooting of Mexican teenager

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court took on a U.S-Mexico border issue Feb. 21 when it examined if the parents of a Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. border agent who shot and killed their son. During the oral arguments, the justices seemed divided over who was responsible for the action. Some of the justices stressed that it […]


Bishop Guglielmone gives St. Patrick’s dispensation

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has given Catholics in the Diocese of Charleston a dispensation to eat meat on March 17, St. Patrick’s feast day, which falls on a Friday during Lent this year. The bishop announced the dispensation in a Feb. 8 memo to pastors. Catholics fast and abstain during Lent to unite in the […]


Students’ artwork to appear in calendar

CHARLESTON—Charleston Catholic sixth-graders Owen Enriquez and John McBurney created artwork that was chosen for the “Keep Charleston Beautiful” Art Calendar Contest. Owen won first place and his drawing will appear on the cover of the calendar and for the month of April. John’s winning selection will appear in October.



Altar society hosts deanery priests

COLUMBIA—Father Michael Okere, administrator of St. Martin de Porres Church, and the ladies of the Rosary Altar Women’s Group hosted the Columbia Deanery priests’ meeting and luncheon held Feb. 14. More than 19 priests attended the event and enjoyed food served by the ladies. Photos provided


South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent starvation of millions

MANCHESTER, England—South Sudan’s Catholic bishops asked for the world’s help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people. In a separate statement, they also said the looming famine was a man-made catastrophe. They denounced government and rebel troops for attacking the civilian population and at times operating “scorched-earth” policies […]


Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

VATICAN CITY—The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away. Three of the planets are located in the so-called “habitable” zone, a kind of “Goldilocks” sweet spot in that their distance from […]


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