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Young U.S. religious woman talks to synod about ‘accompaniment’

VATICAN CITY—The first person under 30 to address the Synod of Bishops was Sister Briana Santiago, a 27-year-old member of the Apostles of the Interior Life from San Antonio. “I think all of us young people need to be listened to first of all and then guided” in discovering who they are and who God […]


Norbertine brother sees caring for rescued cats at shelter as a ministry

GREEN BAY, Wis.—St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, would be pleased with the attention Norbertine Brother Terrence Lauerman has received as a volunteer at the Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary. The nonprofit center in downtown Green Bay specializes in rescuing cats with special needs from euthanasia. Brother Terrence, 75, spends most afternoons cuddling […]


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Open skies: Vatican Observatory prepares public stargazing tour

VATICAN CITY—When people ask why the Vatican has an observatory, one Jesuit priest says it’s because it cannot afford a particle accelerator. The nerdy quip by the Vatican Observatory’s vice director, Jesuit Father Paul Mueller, has become his signature response to people’s inevitable surprise when they discover that popes have stockpiled telescopes, and the church […]


Sidewalk art chalks up a pro-life message for all to see

CHARLESTON—Students at Bishop England High School spent their morning Oct. 2 decorating the campus sidewalks with pro-life messages inscribed in chalk. The artistry was a celebration of National Pro-Life Chalk Day, which is one of many events reminding people of the sanctity of all life during October, which is Respect Life Month. Check out upcoming […]


‘Unthinkable pain, raw emotion’ remain a year after shooting, says bishop

LAS VEGAS—This last year “has been a time of unthinkable pain and raw emotion for the Las Vegas community and for families devastated” by the mass shooting of Oct. 1, 2017, Bishop George L. Thomas said at an interfaith prayer service at Guardian Angel Cathedral. “But it has also been a time when Las Vegas […]



‘Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent’ is theme of Respect Life Month

WASHINGTON—Each year the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics “to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between,” said the chairman of the bishops’ pro-life committee. For this year’s pro-life observance “we become even […]


Pope opens synod, tells bishops to be a lifeline of hope for youth

VATICAN CITY—Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by “prophets of doom,” but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today’s young people yearn. “Anointed by hope, let us begin a new ecclesial meeting,” he said in his homily at Mass […]


As floodwaters recede, residents take stock of damage

Two weeks after Hurricane Florence hit, record floodwaters produced by the storm are beginning to recede and residents along the South Carolina coast are beginning to take stock of the damage. Some major roads in Horry County and other areas are opening up, and relief work is continuing. As of Sept. 28, Horry County had […]


Clean of Heart opens in Grand Strand

MYRTLE BEACH—Homeless people along the Grand Strand now have a permanent place where they can wash their clothes and enjoy a hot shower. Catholic Charities has officially opened the newest branch of its popular Clean of Heart program in Myrtle Beach. The outreach, which offers laundry services and showers for homeless men and women, first […]


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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
    From the Calendar of African American Ministry
    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    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
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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