Category: Florida

Public support of clemency hearing urged

ORLANDO | Although he has spent 32 years on Florida’s death row, James Dailey’s case has gotten much press across the nation. What hasn’t changed is James Dailey’s conviction that his death by lethal injection would be the murder of an innocent man. And recent information — including a signed confession by another man —… Read more »

Religious groups ask governor to grant clemency hearing

James Dailey’s temporary stay of execution expires Dec. 30 ORLANDO  |  Opponents of the death penalty cheered when the U.S. District Court for the Middle District granted a stay of execution for Florida death row inmate James Dailey. But that 90-day stay — granted Oct. 23 — was temporary, and ends Dec. 30. Now organizations,… Read more »

From historical Masses to honoring carolers, Christmas means a lot to Florida man

ORLANDO | It would be hard to dispute the sincerity of Bill Egan’s Christmas spirit. For the 12th year, the 80-year-old Catholic will install Nativity scenes in store windows in downtown Daytona Beach. A former journalist with the Daytona Beach News-Journal, he has restored old, worn religious figurines. After working on a few figures for… Read more »

Physician with kidney disease finds healing for life with Emmaus brother

MIAMI | New York native Dr. Shawn Fibkins entered the medical profession to help people after a miserable stint in investment banking. Then 16 years ago, after a routine exam, the Harvard graduate discovered that he had inherited polycystic kidney disease from his father. Fibkins was shocked, having grown up healthy. He even pitched on… Read more »

More aid from South Florida for Bahamas like an early Christmas present

MIAMI | What could be thought of as an early Christmas present from Florida to the hurricane-weary Bahamas set sail in early December in the form of a mobile trailer full of more emergency supplies for ongoing Hurricane Dorian relief. The trailer — loaded with supplies furnished through donations from Catholics and charitable foundations around… Read more »

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 »