Category: Florida

Florida Catholic bishops urge governor to commute man’s death sentence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to commute the death sentence to life in prison for a man scheduled to be executed for a 1984 murder. Robert Joseph “Bobby Joe” Long, 65, is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m., May 23, 35 years after his conviction… Read more »

School choice advocates in Florida celebrate new scholarship program

ORLANDO | In response to an increased waiting list of one scholarship program, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will create another scholarship program that could benefit as many as 18,000 students in the 2019-2020 school year to attend private schools. After Florida lawmakers gave final approval to the measure, S.B. 7070, and… Read more »

Interview with departing Miami bishop: ‘I’m leaving behind a part of me’

Miami auxiliary elevated to bishop of New Mexico diocese MIAMI | Bishop Peter Baldacchino described himself as “happy but also torn inside” at the news of his appointment as the third bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico. “I’m leaving behind a part of me,” he said during a sit-down with Miami media… Read more »

Bishop: Nicaragua is a ‘kidnapped nation’

MIAMI | In an exclusive interview days before traveling to Rome, Managua’s Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Báez said his country “is a nation kidnapped” by a government that has entrenched itself through “the destruction of democratic institutions, lies and corruption.” “Add to that the violent and criminal repression and abuse of human rights and personal liberties”… Read more »

Pope Francis names Bishop Baldacchino to lead Las Cruces diocese

Vatican City | Pope Francis Wednesday appointed Bishop Peter Baldacchino to head the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico – making him the first diocesan bishop associated with the Neocatechumenal Way to serve in a mainland U.S. diocese. Baldacchino, 58, has been an auxiliary bishop of Miami, Florida, since 2014. He was ordained a priest… Read more »

Florida bishop among those calling for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded. “Action is needed to attempt to reduce the frequency of these heinous acts,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida,… Read more »

Florida Conference Catholic Bishops responds to immigration bill

TALLAHASSEE | The passage of state-level immigration enforcement drew heavy debate in state senate and house chambers, and was described by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops as “disheartening.” The Republican-controlled Legislature approved one of the strictest laws in the nation against so-called sanctuary cities as the House and Senate passed Senate Bill 168 May… Read more »

An Easter conversion: Muslim father brings his children home

OAKLAND PARK | Muslim Christopher Booty questioned the religion he practiced. So, he looked back into history, tracing the roots of Islam and other world religions. When he met up with Jesus Christ and learned about God’s mercy, he was hooked. Christopher and his wife, Kristin, are being baptized during the Easter Vigil at Blessed… Read more »

Singer-songwriter trades in secular success to share his faith in music

MIAMI | For one of the Catholic world’s up-and-coming worship leaders, the church once seemed boring and “too serious.” But now, Zander, as he is known on stage, is changing his tune. A conversion experience led him to gain a new perspective on Catholicism. “So many people think Catholicism is a guilt religion, as if… Read more »

Sea Cadet program enables faith in action

Melbourne  | The David McCampbell Battalion Naval Sea Cadets found a new home this past fall at Melbourne Central Catholic High School.  Forming part of the battalion are three students who are learning about leadership, honor, and courage, and how those virtues translate to faith in action. Led by their commanding officer, Lt. Junior Grade… Read more »