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Forgiveness turns evil into good, pope tells Catholics in Geneva

GENEVA—At the end of a day dedicated to celebrating 70 years of an ecumenical fellowship forged by the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis turned to the region’s Catholics, reminding them of what lies at the heart of the faith. The Lord’s Prayer “offers us a road map for the spiritual life” by reminding people […]

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Bishops’ video series encourages prayer, action for Religious Freedom Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has posted a video series for Religious Freedom Week 2018, inviting Catholics to pray and act in support of religious liberty. “We have a duty to treat all persons with charity and justice, we have a duty to seek common ground in public life whenever possible,” says […]

Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with their parents […]

Pope supports U.S. bishops’ criticism of ‘immoral’ immigration policy

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration’s policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons. “I am on the side of the bishops’ conference,” Pope Francis said in an interview with the Reuters […]

Bishop Guglielmone encourages aid and prayer for refugees

A message from Bishop Robert E. Gulielmone: Tomorrow, June 20, is World Refugee Day and there are more migrants and internally displaced people now than at any other time in history. More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, poverty and violence, according to Catholic Relief Services. Church teaching […]

Saint Leo survey gives Pope Francis high marks

LEO, FLORIDA—Pope Francis continues to garner favorable opinion among Americans, according to a new Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey ( The most recent poll shows his favorability at 68.7 percent, up from 65.6 percent in February, and 62.9 percent in November 2017. This online poll was conducted nationally among 1,000 adults between May 25 […]

Bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of children

WASHINGTON—From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. None have been more outspoken, however, […]

Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is a form of eugenics

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what lives were worth keeping or eliminating. Children are God’s greatest gift and should be welcomed “as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even […]

U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

VATICAN CITY—With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner — the Vatican. The rare eight-page document, estimated to be worth $1.2 million, had been secretly replaced […]

Our Lady’s Pantry opening in Greenville in August

GREENVILLE—Coming in August, Catholic Charities will open Our Lady’s Pantry in partnership with other community organizations in San Souci and surrounding areas in Greenville to address food insecurity, diabetes, and obesity. Recently, a dedication ceremony was held to unveil a series of murals at the pantry, and to honor all of those involved in creating […]

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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Jul 288:30 am Canon Law Course
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Aug 10 Last day of Summer Academy
    From the Calendar of St. Anthony of Padua School Greenville
    8:00 am 2018 Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Aug 17 CORE Training Weekend
    From the Calendar of Youth Ministry
    Aug 1910:00 am Volunteer Workday and Open House Potluck
    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
    Aug 258:00 am Day of Prayer for Deacons
    From the Calendar of Diaconate
    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    10:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    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
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
    From the Calendar of Pastoral Juvenil
    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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    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
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
    From the Calendar of Filipino Ministry
    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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