Category: Florida

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 »

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 »

Bishop Snyder, former St. Augustine bishop, dies at 93

A compassionate bishop goes home to the Lord Jacksonville  |  Bishop John J. Snyder, who led the Diocese of St. Augustine for more than 20 years and was known for his advocacy, kind smile and compassion, died Sept. 27, on the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. He was 93. The eighth bishop of St…. Read more »

Examining Florida’s new law allowing teachers to carry firearms

ORLANDO | As children returned to their classrooms this 2019-2020 schoolyear, they might become a step closer to witnessing a sight they haven’t seen before: teachers allowed to carry firearms. In the monstrous wake of gun violence throughout America’s school system during the last 20 years, beginning with Columbine’s infamy in 1999 and the 2018… Read more »

Cruise ship to deliver aid to Bahamas, bring evacuees to Florida

MIAMI | A second Florida-to-Bahamas round-trip humanitarian cruise was set to sail the weekend of Sept. 14, weather-permitting, carrying supplies, transport specialty personnel, power generators and volunteers. The previous week, the Grand Bahama cruise ship arrived at its home port in West Palm Beach with some 1,100 Bahamian storm evacuees. That ship was met by… Read more »

‘They have lost absolutely everything,’ say volunteers back from Bahamas

PORT OF PALM BEACH, Fla. | An expert in disaster search and rescue who recently concluded a 13-day post-Hurricane Dorian operation in the Bahamas said that if there are scores of undiscovered fatalities there, their bodies were likely claimed by the sea. The government of the Bahamas says that the official death toll following Dorian… Read more »

Be the face of Christ and ‘move the needle of poverty’

LUTZ  | Lately, there are thoughts that keep Sister Donna Markham up at night. As the president of Catholic Charities USA, it might not be hard to imagine what might keep the Adrian Dominican sister up at night. The need is great in so many different communities and certain legislative actions could block possible grant… Read more »