Category: Faith

‘Make space at the table’: Pope urges valuing all human life

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis admits he is not an economist, but he is a pastor. And as a pastor, he has seen how the global economy has cast aside many members of his flock, and he knows that the Gospel and Catholic social teaching call for a different response. “Solidarity is not the sharing… Read more »

U.S. bishops urge Trump, Barr to stop upcoming federal executions

WASHINGTON | In response to the upcoming federal execution of Orlando Hall Nov. 19, and two more federal executions scheduled to take place in December, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice. “We ask President (Donald) Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr, as an act of witness to the… Read more »

Hanging out with a future saint: Sister Thea Bowman

Local Catholic shared friendship, music and soul food with Servant of God MIAMI | An acquaintance of Donald Edwards once pointed out to him that he must walk around glowing because he had a personal relationship with Sister Thea Bowman, who, in 2018, was declared a Servant of God — the first step on the… Read more »

Memorial Mass held for Deacons and their wives

Venice  |  November is an appropriate time to remember those who have died, that they may someday be accepted into heaven. For this reason, Bishop Frank J. Dewane invites the Permanent Deacons and their wives to participate in a Memorial Mass each year as a time to pray for, honor and remember the Deacons and… Read more »

How honoring the saints is a Christian tradition

ORLANDO | November begins with the celebration of All Saints Day. As we commemorate this great feast, it brings to mind a question Catholics are regularly asked, “Why do we honor the saints?” This is an especially perplexing idea for evangelical Protestants who emphasize a personal and exclusive relationship with Jesus Christ. In the words… Read more »

Myrna Gallagher, co-creator of Emmaus retreats, dies at 83:

MIAMI | Myrna Gallagher started out as a volunteer, teaching religious education at the newly founded St. Maurice Parish in Fort Lauderdale. By the time she retired decades later, as director of religious education at St. John Neumann Parish in Miami, she had devoted her life to teaching the faith to children and their parents…. Read more »

Blessed McGivney: Model parish priest with ‘zeal’ for Gospel, for serving faithful

Blessed Michael J. McGivney was “an outstanding witness of Christian solidarity and fraternal assistance” because of his “zeal” for proclaiming the Gospel and his “generous concern for his brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said in his apostolic letter of beatification of the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Representing the pope, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin… Read more »

Bishop reads storybook for Theology of the Body lesson

Palm Beach Gardens  |  In a recent video released by the Office of Family Life of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito addressed a virtual audience of young families as he read a storybook titled “Peppe the Lamplighter.”  The video, which featured the bishop reading the 1997 children’s book by Elisa Bartone,… Read more »

Documentary and allegory: Director says star of ‘Francesco’ is humanity

VATICAN CITY | Although his film is called “Francesco,” director Evgeny Afineevsky said the main character of his new documentary “is us, humanity,” and Pope Francis simply is the one “trying to point us in the right direction.” Describing himself as “a Jewish boy” initially reluctant to do a film about the pope, Afineevsky said… Read more »

New Encyclical: Belief in God as creator of all has practical consequences

VATICAN CITY | Professing faith in God as the creator of all human beings, or even simply recognizing that all people possess an inherent dignity, has concrete consequences for how people should treat one another and make decisions in politics, economics and social life, Pope Francis wrote. “Human beings have the same inviolable dignity in… Read more »