Category: Florida

Florida bishop calls mass shooting at naval station ‘truly heartbreaking’

PENSACOLA, Fla. | Reacting to “the horrific mass shooting” that took place early Dec. 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Bishop William A. Wack of Pensacola–Tallahassee said the “tragedy in our diocese is truly heartbreaking.” Three people were shot dead and many others were injured in the shooting and the suspected gunman was a trainee… Read more »

After El Paso: Offering awareness through pastoral letter, teach-in

ORLANDO | Although the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart happened three months ago, the shocking aftereffects of the tragedy continue to ripple throughout the border area community. The incident made national news, as the location of the murder scene was chosen for its largely Latino population. For Bishop Mark Seitz, shepherd of the… Read more »

Local Catholic retreat to offer healing, mercy for vets

ORLANDO | Recognizing that all kinds of organizations help veterans, two veterans, both Catholics, hope an inaugural retreat will display the Catholic Church’s desire to help veterans in need of comfort, support, healing and mercy. San Pedro Spiritual Development Center in Winter Park will offer the Reconciling Veterans Retreat Saturday, Nov. 9. The daylong event… Read more »

Bishop Dewane on gun violence: ‘It’s time for a different approach’

BALTIMORE | Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said Catholic clergy and lay leaders can play a role in bringing together people along the rural-urban divide to build understanding of the need for sensible policies that can end the scourge of gun violence. His call came during a 20-minute presentation Nov. 11, the first… Read more »

Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

WASHINGTON | The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as significant today” as they were in 1997 and 2005, when the council earlier analyzed the harms of such laws. “NCD’s concerns, then and now, stem from… Read more »

Florida Marian shrine elevated to national status

Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine honors devotion to the nursing mother of Jesus ST. AUGUSTINE | America’s oldest Marian Shrine, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine, has been elevated to a National Shrine by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. St. Augustine Bishop Felipe J. Estévez made… Read more »

A lifesaving alternative to baby abandonment

Miami man continues his Safe Haven for Newborns mission statewide and beyond MIAMI | Formerly an information technology business owner, Nick Silverio doesn’t sit still for long before thinking up new ways to make it easier for women with crisis pregnancies to make good choices.  Created in 2001 following the tragic passing of Silverio’s wife… Read more »

Court grants temporary stay for James Dailey

Florida bishops urge stay of execution, note ‘evidence’ inmate is innocent TALLAHASSEE | James Dailey, a prisoner who has been on Florida’s death row for more than three decades and who has maintained his innocence, was granted a stay of execution Oct. 23. Although Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis had signed an execution warrant for Dailey,… Read more »

Bishop Snyder: Compassionate shepherd laid to rest

ST. AUGUSTINE  |  A humble, prayerful, non-assuming servant of the Lord who reminded people it’s all about love was remembered, celebrated and mourned Oct. 2. The Catholic community of the St. Augustine, Florida and beyond bid a prayerful goodbye to Bishop John J. Snyder, eighth bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, who died Sept…. Read more »

Florida governor signs warrant for 100th execution

ORLANDO  |  Despite marking Respect Life Month in October and World Day Against the Death Penalty, Florida has its 100th execution scheduled on the books. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant Sept. 25, for convicted murderer James Dailey, who was sentenced to death in 1987 for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio. After… Read more »