Category: Faith

Orlando priest looks to the future as bishop of Savannah

ORLANDO  |  After serving in the Catholic ministry in the Diocese of Orlando for 22 years, Father Stephen Parkes will greet the parishioners of the Diocese of Savannah as their new bishop Sept. 23, 2020.  It was in July that Bishop-Elect Parkes received a life-changing phone call from Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The apostolic nuncio to… Read more »

Pope to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

VATICAN CITY | When he addresses, via video message, the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 21, Pope Francis is expected to speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rethink economic, political and environmental policies in a way that will benefit humanity and the earth. Since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic in… Read more »

Rituals and traditions rooted in Jesus Christ

ORLANDO  |  Several years ago, my Protestant grandparents asked to attend a Holy Week service. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of our Catholic faith as well as expose them to the richness of our tradition. I decided to give them the works. So, we attended the Palm Sunday liturgy with Bishop… Read more »

Rite resumes for Diocesan youth

LaBelle  |  Frida Castillo and Maria Ramos are close friends who were among nearly 70 to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation Sept. 5, 2020, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in LaBelle. Frida said she felt a weight had been lifted from her shoulders when Bishop Frank J. Dewane made the sign of the… Read more »

From Miami to Santiago, Cubans look to patron saint for hope and unity

WASHINGTON | Even as the coronavirus pandemic limited attendance in churches, Cubans on the island and abroad packed churches and a shrine, from Miami to El Cobre, Cuba, for the Sept. 8 feast day of Our Lady of Charity. Bishops told Massgoers to seek refuge in Cuba’s patron saint during this turbulent time. Mary’s mission… Read more »

Gossip is tool of the devil to divide the church, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Gossip is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it is a tool of the devil to divide the church. Commenting Sept. 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the… Read more »

Seminarian becomes Transitional Deacon

Venice  |  Surrounded by nearly his entire extended family, Alexander Pince was overwhelmed with emotion before, during and after his ordination to the Transitional Diaconate Aug. 29, 2020, at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. Bishop Frank J. Dewane, presiding over the Rite, informed Pince that ordination makes him a minister of the Word, Altar and Charity…. Read more »

Profit over safety, especially in pandemic, ‘unjust,’ says Labor Day statement

WASHINGTON | Given the “somber” realities imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, for companies to put profits over safety is “unjust,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. Even before the pandemic, “a significant number… Read more »

Pope: Jubilee for the Earth a time for restoring bond with God, creation

VATICAN CITY | The exploitation and plundering of the Earth’s resources at the expense of the poor and vulnerable cry out for justice and the forgiveness of debts, Pope Francis said. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 and the Season of Creation, which runs through… Read more »

Vatican representative calls on U.S. to sign nuclear-test-ban treaty

VATICAN CITY | The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the absurdity of “pouring valuable resources into the maintenance of weapons of destruction while so many on this planet are struggling to survive,” a Vatican representative told a U.N. meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. “It is impossible to make a moral… Read more »