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CRS Rice Bowl: Be unafraid to share the journey this Lenten season

BALTIMORE, MD.—Forced migration impacts people around the globe as they try to escape war, poverty and crime, and find a way to a safer place for their families. A young South Sudanese refugee raising her siblings in Uganda’s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. A father returning home after decades of civil war in Sri Lanka to […]

Supreme Court offers possible ground for historic memorial cross to stay

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to lean toward preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Maryland Feb. 27 without making overall clarifications about the constitutionality of religious symbols on public property. The justices heard oral arguments about a 93-year-old cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, that pays tribute to local World War I veterans that is viewed by […]

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Father Francisco Oñate-Vargas is ordained a priest

GREENWOOD—Father Francisco Javier Oñate-Vargas credits many for helping steer him toward the priesthood, both lay people and the ordained. Some of those early mentors, along with hundreds of friends and family, were in the pews Feb. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church to celebrate his priestly ordination. An overflow crowd of more than 400 […]

Pope: Time for ‘all-out battle’ against crime of abuse

VATICAN CITY—The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church. For quite some time, the world has been aware of the “serious scandal” the abuse of […]

Wrong cannot have rights

Late term abortion, like any procured abortion, is an outrage, not a right. History reveals that it was not until the early modern period that people began to talk about human or civil rights. The Magna Carta is sometimes cited as the first declaration of human rights, but, surprisingly enough, it doesn’t use that language. Instead, […]

Vatican summit: Structure sought to ensure accountability

VATICAN CITY—The Catholic Church needs “new legal structures of accountability” for bishops accused of sexual abuse or of negligence in handling abuse allegations, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago told the Vatican summit on safeguarding. Addressing Pope Francis and some 190 presidents of bishops’ conferences, heads of Eastern Catholic churches, religious superiors and officials of […]

Catholic Relief Services chooses two fellows from Columbia

Two people who grew up in Columbia have been named Catholic Relief Services International Development Fellows for 2018-19 and are doing relief work in Africa. Benjamin Playfair is currently in Kenya and Lauren Wright is serving in Cameroon.  As CRS fellows, they manage and support a wide variety of relief programs, including health care, microfinance, […]

Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

VATICAN CITY—Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, “The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures” to stop abuse. The summit meeting Feb. 21-24 brought together almost 190 church leaders: the presidents of […]

Holy Trinity celebrates 10 years and moves to a new location

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH—Holy Trinity School is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary and facing great changes at the same time.  Principal Karen Luzzo said the school, which was formerly located in Longs, will now find its home on the campus of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Severe flooding damage caused by Hurricane Florence forced […]

To know God is to know love, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY—When speaking to God as a father, Christians experience a love that goes beyond human love and affection, which can be unpredictable and mired by selfishness, Pope Francis said. While often compared to the love of parents, the love of God is greater; “there is a God in heaven who loves us like no […]

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