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Pope Francis: World Youth Day was joyful feast for Panama

Fresh from his Apostolic Journey to Panama, Pope Francis relived World Youth Day with the pilgrims present at his General Audience on Jan. 30. One of the things that really struck him during the trip, the pope said, was how parents lifted their children in the air when the Popemobile passed by. “The pride of […]

St. Martin de Porres offers new Mass in Igbo

COLUMBIA—St. Martin de Porres Church is giving the faithful a chance to experience a new form of the celebration of Mass.  The Midlands parish has started offering a traditional Mass celebrated in Igbo (pronounced ē-bō), one of the many languages spoken in Nigeria. There are plans to offer the Mass in Igbo once a month.  […]

Papal honors shines light on people serving Church, society

CHARLESTON—Ten people from the Diocese of Charleston were chosen to receive papal honors by Pope Francis. Eight were honored with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross while two received the Benerementi Medal. They are given for distinguished service to the Church. The group, which includes men and women religious, deacons and laypeople, were formally recognized […]

A sense of gratitude marks 25 years for Msgr. Harris

COLUMBIA—Msgr. Richard D. Harris stepped up to the ambo at St. Joseph Church on the afternoon of the feast of the Epiphany and looked out over packed pews. People of all ages had traveled from around South Carolina to celebrate his 25th jubilee with him.  In the homily he offered at that day’s Solemn Vespers […]

Stepping out and standing up for life

Hundreds braved the cold to march and rally for life, and a newly ordained priest urged participants to be ‘Catholic superheroes’ and fight for those in need. COLUMBIA—The annual tradition of spending an entire weekend advocating for life and an end to abortion drew large crowds to the capital city on Jan. 11-12.   Participants […]

The writing on the wall

“Life is a struggle. Let’s be kind to one another.” This isn’t a proclamation from a homily but a spirited note from a surprising source. I saw it recently — inscribed in calligraphy on the wall of a restroom in the Subaru dealership in Hardeeville. The Holy Spirit speaks through the words of Sacred Scripture, […]

Across the US, organizers prepare for pro-life marches

CHICAGO, Ill.—Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates will rally this month in major cities throughout the country, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion in the U.S. From small but passionate local gatherings drawing hundreds of supporters to those of national renown, each march will evangelize […]

Campus ministry association leader praises St. Andrew student group

CLEMSON—The executive director of the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association praised and challenged students and parishioners at St. Andrew Church during a visit to the Clemson University campus. Mike St. Pierre shared his “amazement” at the level of ministry activity at Clemson during a Catholic Student Association Dinner held recently at the Madren Center on […]

Bishops describe their retreat as inspiring, Spirit-filled

WASHINGTON—Although the weeklong retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized quiet reflection, several bishops spoke out on social media during the retreat and after it wrapped up Jan. 8 with positive reaction about it and to give shoutouts to the retreat leader, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who has preached to popes and top officials of the […]

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