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Bishops hope renewed spirit of holiness emerges from January retreat

WASHINGTON—Several bishops who are planning to join a weeklong U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops retreat to start the New Year are trusting they’ll return to their dioceses with a renewed sense of what it means to shepherd the faithful. Such a reminder of their primary role, they said, should be good for the soul. They […]

Nursing group forms a new chapter in SC

COLUMBIA—Catholic nurses can now connect with each other, share their faith and work together to help the community thanks to a new organization in the Diocese of Charleston.  Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone granted permission for a chapter of the National Association of Catholic Nurses-USA to form here.  Nurses were introduced to the organization at two […]

Lumen Christi Award winner has spent life as a religious serving poor

CHICAGO—Sister Marie-Paule Willem, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, who has been serving the poor in the U.S. and around the world for more than 60 years, will receive the 2018-2019 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension. “Working across many countries, Sister Willem believes strong families are the foundation of the church and society,” said the […]

Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol ‘Silent Night’

WASHINGTON—Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve — Dec. 24, 1818 — in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time. “Silent Night” was sung […]

Be still and open to God

This December marks the 200th anniversary of the debut of “Silent Night.” Most people have heard the story about the church organ that was not operational for a Christmas Eve service. Mice, rust, or something other than a power failure (not a possibility in those pre-electricity days) took the blame. Father Josef Mohr, a local […]

Bishop responds to concerns during town hall meetings

COLUMBIA —People in the pews around South Carolina are expressing their concern, their sadness and their anger about sexual abuse in the Church, and Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone and others from the Diocese of Charleston are listening.  On Dec. 11 at the Basilica of St. Peter, about 100 people attended the third in a series […]

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Woman hopes exhibit of her creches will help all focus on gifts of Jesus

CONYERS, Ga.—Nativity scenes on display at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers feature a multitude of colors and sizes, reflect various cultures and are crafted from materials such as ceramics, shells, pewter, paper-mache, alabaster, corn husk and wax, to name a few. The exhibit showcases a select few creches from the Trappist monastery […]

Church will spare no effort to end abuse, pope tells Curia

VATICAN CITY—Acknowledging the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis told members of the Roman Curia that the Church’s strength does not depend on its members’ perfection, but on the willingness to recognize its failings and correct them. “Let it be clear that before these abominations, the Church will spare no effort to […]

Rejoice in the Lord!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The beautiful and familiar Christmas scene of Mary and Joseph kneeling around a baby in a manger produces a special longing in us for the peace and harmony that the scene in Bethlehem creates. How we long for that peace. In our world today, however, that peace is so […]

‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The Annunciation — the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God’s son — was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said. So, when the Gospel reading for daily Mass Dec. 20 was St. Luke’s version of the Annunciation, the pope basically devoted his […]

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