Category: Florida

Catholic nurses often only spiritual connection to hospitalized patients

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | A tightening of some hospital visitor restrictions on religious ministers and patient family members has begun as the coronavirus pandemic ramps up around the U.S. “It has been about two weeks — it started out with a limit on the times ministers or family members could come in, then a… Read more »

Farmworker life in the wake of citrus decline

Editor’s note: Farmworkers interviewed in this article asked their last names not to be used. To contribute to our Long Sleeve Relief Campaign which helps farmworkers in need, click on the link on our Home Page or FELLSMERE  | In its heyday, a spectrum of various colors of oranges and yellows from citrus fruit… Read more »

Florida dioceses adopt wide-ranging plans to limit spread of coronavirus

ORLANDO  |  As the state of Florida has confirmed three known cases of COVID-19, Florida’s dioceses are joining dioceses nationwide in taking precautions to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. Diocesan websites in Florida are posting letters from their bishops and guidelines that remind parishioners to take commonsense steps related to hygiene in their… Read more »

Time for long-sleeve relief

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ORLANDO | The Long Sleeve Relief is a campaign that has been a Lenten staple for Florida Catholic readers for 15 years.  This year, the publication hopes the annual event, from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 to Holy Thursday, April 9, will again inspire readers to serve an important need for workers who toil in Florida’s sun while… Read more »

Step Up scholarships: Catholic leader, educational advocates applaud program

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ORLANDO | The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program recently came under fire in state and national news under the specter that funds from the program fuel private schools that discriminate against students who identify as LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Two state representatives from Orlando argued that no private school that receives… Read more »

Federal appeals court now says Florida Latin cross can stay

WASHINGTON | Reversing its previous decision, a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 19 that a World War II-era cross can remain standing in a park in Pensacola, Florida, based on the Supreme Court’s decision last year about a similar cross on public property in Maryland. The 11th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida’s 34-foot Latin… Read more »

Feeling superior is obstacle to evangelization, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY | No Christian can be a “missionary disciple” if he or she thinks another person is not worth saving, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. As Pope Francis has taught, Catholics must be “missionary disciples,” sharing the good news especially with people on the peripheries of society: “the poor, the abandoned, the… Read more »

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with — like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon. “You could see his consternation when… Read more »

Florida Senate passes parental consent requirement

TALLAHASSEE  |  A News Service of Florida report reveals the Florida Senate passed a bill that would require parental consent before minors could have abortions Feb. 9. The 23-17 vote tees up the measure for the Florida House, which is almost certain to pass it, Florida News Service reported. The bill would then go to… Read more »

Abortion, assisted suicide, death penalty bills unite Florida Catholics

ORLANDO | The basement floor of the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in downtown Tallahassee saw two days of heavy Catholic advocacy for the upcoming legislation. Orchestrated by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Days at the Capitol brought hundreds of pro-life advocates representing each Florida’s dioceses and archdiocese. Participants — who included members… Read more »