Category: Florida

Florida Catholic staffers garner multiple awards

ST. PETERSBURG   |  The Florida Catholic continued its streak of excellence in Catholic journalism as it garnered several awards at the Catholic Media Conference June 21. Hundreds of journalists from across North America descended upon downtown St. Petersburg to attend the conference held from June 18-21 to celebrate their achievements as successful members of the… Read more »

Bishops approve third-party reporting system; to be in place by May 31

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A nationwide third-party system for receiving confidential reports of “certain complaints” against bishops took a step closer to being implemented during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a series of three votes June 12, the bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize the implementation of a system that… Read more »

DeSantis approves death warrant for Jacksonville inmate

Orlando  |  Florida State Prison death row inmate Gary Ray Bowles faces an Aug. 22 execution. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Bowles death warrant after serving 25 years in prison for the conviction of several murders. Serving life sentences for the 1994 murders of Albert Morris in Nassau County and John Roberts in Volusia… Read more »

Tallahassee cathedral set ablaze, arson likely

Tallahassee  |  Catholic parishioners expected to attend their evening Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee, but instead were subjected to news of a probable arson attack to their beloved church. Officers arrived on the scene Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. to witness Darha Nixon, the church’s business manager, inform them of the… 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 »

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 »

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 »