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All Catholics have role in renewing marriage, family life, cardinal says

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation encourages a renewal of marriage and family life through a “pastoral accompani­ment” on the part of the church and its members, bringing God’s love and mercy to individuals and families in all stages of life, especially when they are facing difficulties. “For the Holy Father, […]

Chicago Archdiocese announces new parental leave policy

CHICAGO—The Archdiocese of Chicago will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its staff beginning July 1. The new policy is open to fathers and mothers who just had children or adopted children. Staff who are eligible for benefits — those who work at least 26 hours a week — and who have worked at […]

U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts on May 16. The justices’ unanimous decision, explained in a nine-page unsigned opinion, was based on the information that both sides submitted a week after oral arguments were heard in […]

JRS, other groups urge Kenya to keep refugee camps open

NAIROBI, Kenya—Jesuit Refugee Service has urged Kenya to reconsider its plans to close camps that host hundreds of thousands of Somali and South Sudanese refugees. “The directive to close the camps violates the general principle of voluntary repatriation of refugees living in Kenya,” JRS and 10 other humanitarian organizations said in a May 10 statement. […]

Pope did not say he’d ordain women deacons, spokesman says

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis “did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women,” and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, the Vatican spokesman said. Pope Francis met members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders, May 12 and accepted a […]

Spanish explorer’s cross believed discovered in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The first Catholic liturgy is believed to have occurred in Arkansas 475 years ago, but archaeologists are working to authenticate physical proof of that celebration near the St. Francis River, about 40 miles from the Mississippi River. The Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County is home to what could be the physical […]

New ordinations give reason for hope

WASHINGTON—It’s ordination sea­son and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the Church well into the future. In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observ­ers reason to believe there is not a global vocations crisis, but they acknowledge there is still a need […]

Religious groups say ‘yes’ to Supreme Court’s idea on contraceptive coverage

WASHINGTON—The religious nonprofits challenging their participation in the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act agreed with a U.S. Supreme Court proposal that such coverage be provided through an alternative health care plan without involving the religious employers in a legal brief filed with the court. The brief, filed April 12 in the case of […]

Church leaders hail document’s mercy but urge careful reading

WASHINGTON—Church leaders from around the world hailed the tone of mercy in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), but cautioned against a hurried reading of the document. “What is new about this exhorta­tion is its tone,” Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, told Catholic News Service after the document’s release […]

Head of Knights urges action by U.S. after genocide declaration

WASHINGTON—If Christians and other religious minorities disappear in Iraq and Syria, “pluralism and stability leave with them,” the head of the Knights of Columbus told a congressional commission April 19. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said the United States must help stop the genocide of Christians and others now taking place in the Middle East. The […]

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    Aug 195:00 pm Bishop Guglielmone to celebrate Mass - White Oak Conference Center for CORE Training
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    Aug 20 PTO Donuts & Coffee
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    5:00 pm Spirit Night with the Columbia Fireflies
    From the Calendar of St. Joseph School Columbia
    Aug 21 Half day of classes for all students
    From the Calendar of Bishop England Charleston
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    From the Calendar of St. John School North Charleston
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    From the Calendar of St. John Neumann School Columbia
    Teacher Workday; No school; Solar Eclipse
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    First Day of School New student orientation
    From the Calendar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Carolina Forest
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