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National parks: Places of wonder, history, spiritual refuge

Editors note: This background story is the first in a series from CNS about the National Parks Service celebrating its centennial anniversary, titled “Nature & Glory.” WASHINGTON—From the dramatic vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the glistening waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, national parks have stood as places of wonder, history and […]

True Christian charity is more than making donations

VATICAN CITY—While donation campaigns and charitable contributions for the needy are important, true Christian charity involves a more personal touch, Pope Francis said. Coming face to face with the poor may pose a challenge and tempt people to turn the other way and give in to “the habit of fleeing from needy people and not […]

Pope canonizes saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’

VATICAN CITY—The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of “the Lord who triumphs in them and with them,” Pope Francis said. Each one “struggled to the very end with all their strength,” which they received through perseverance and prayer, the pope said Oct. 16 at […]

Pope sends emergency funding to hurricane victims in Haiti

VATICAN CITY—As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti. An initial donation of $100,000 was sent through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum to be distributed through the hardest-hit dioceses in order to assist flood victims, the council said in a communique Oct. 14. The first round of […]

Families help kick off 40 Days for Life

CHARLESTON—People pray for an end to abortion in front of the Charleston Women’s Medical Center during the 40 Days for Life kick-off ceremony held there on Sept. 21. The event included a talk by Shawn Carney, who co-founded the 40 days event, which includes prayer and fasting, round-the-clock peaceful vigils, and door-to-door outreach to end […]

End ‘inhumane’ hostilities, rescue civilians, pope pleads

VATICAN CITY—In the wake of intensified attacks in Syria, Pope Francis called for an immediate cease-fire — even if temporary — so that civilians, especially children, could be rescued from the ruins. Emphasizing that his thoughts and prayers are with “all victims of the inhumane conflict in Syria,” the pope said it was with “a […]

As outrage over lewd comments piles up, Trump struggles among Catholics

WASHINGTON—Hours before the Oct. 9 presidential debate began, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani invoked St. Augustine of Hippo on a Sunday morning political news show to defend the man he was supporting for president. “Ever read ‘The Confessions’ of St. Augustine?” Giuliani asked John Dickerson, the host of “Face the Nation,” referring to the […]

Catholic Charities agencies begin helping storm victims

WASHINGTON—Catholic Charities agencies joined emergency response efforts in coastal communities in four Southeastern states as residents and parish staffers began returning to assess the damage Hurricane Matthew left behind. Some evacuation orders remained in effect in South Carolina, where the storm came ashore Oct. 7, dumping up to 18 inches of rain in communities near […]

Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti as aid workers mobilize

WASHINGTON—Wind-whipped rains from Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti’s southwest peninsula, downing trees, ripping open makeshift wooden homes and causing widespread flooding Oct. 4 as aid workers waited for the storm to subside before mobilizing. The city of Les Cayes and coastal towns and villages in South Department were experiencing the most destruction as the storm made […]

Death penalty re-examined in the states, at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—The United States, with its mixed record on the death penalty, is about to take a closer look at the issue this fall with two cases before the Supreme Court and three referendums on state ballots in the November election. In the two death penalty cases before the court, both from Texas, one examines information […]

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    Nov 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Dec 25 Diocesan Television Christmas Special Fox 21
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Jan 812:00 am Retiro Espiritual de Emmaus
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    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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