Category: Florida

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 »

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 »

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 »

Red Mass: Spirit does not have an agenda; ‘it comes as fire’

ORLANDO | After hundreds of Catholics spoke with politicians to persuade a Floridian future involving more Catholic values in its legal doctrines, they were rewarded with a celebratory Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in downtown Tallahassee. Florida’s Red Mass, a religious event where all eight bishops from the state gather and honor… Read more »

Bishops called to lead, serve with love, NC bishop says, at ad limina

ROME | Just as Christ spent his ministry healing and comforting the sick and the needy, bishops also must be a sign of charity in their dioceses, said Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, North Carolina. Celebrating an early morning Mass Feb. 10 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Bishop Jugis said,… Read more »

‘God gave us everything’

Lamb and agriculture cultivate Catholic faith at Ocala high school ORLANDO | Raising ranch animals and gardening is common amongst the residents in rural Ocala, as is the devotion to Christianity as witnessed on the numerous properties’ depictions of the Three Crosses on Calvary. Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, which rests on several acres… Read more »

Student publishes children’s book about inclusion

MIAMI | Kevin Valido, a 17-year-old senior at Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami, has published a children’s book about inclusion. The book, “Know Me For My Ability Not My Disability,” tells the story of two children, Jack and George, who attend a camp with students who have disabilities and learn that although they have differences,… Read more »

James Dailey’s appeal denied

ORLANDO |  Earlier this month, both Florida’s bishops and the U.S. bishops offered their support via a brief to the U.S. court on behalf of a Florida death row inmate who has spent 32 years behind bars for a crime another inmate has taken responsibility. Despite support from Catholic Church leaders, exonerated death row inmates,… Read more »

Dancing priest steps out in faith, wins hearts

FORT LAUDERDALE | In a black cassock, six-foot-four Father Ricardo Rivera gracefully strolled onto the gym floor during Cardinal Gibbons High School’s homecoming pep rally. What happened next, some are calling a miracle that opened a new realm for the newly-ordained priest. Father Rivera, a Gibbons theology teacher, surprisingly joined the school’s dance team at… Read more »