Category: Florida

Florida bishops praise result as 1.5 million former felons get votes

Tallahassee, Fla. | On Tuesday Nov. 6, Florida voted overwhelmingly to amend the state constitution to return the right to vote to convicted felons who had served their sentence. Amendment 4 appeared on the midterm ballot across the state and its passage will restore voting rights to 1.5 million people. The measure applies to felons… Read more »

Catholic officials say Hurricane Michael sets new bar for disaster relief

MIAMI | Yirca Salazar, a quality assurance specialist for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, was just a toddler when 1992’s Category-5 Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction south of Miami. Salazar doesn’t remember much about that historic storm, whose wind strength is being compared to this year’s Hurricane Michael and its cataclysmic… Read more »

Bishops’ conference weighs in on three amendments

ORLANDO | This year’s Nov. 6 Florida election ballot will include 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution that voters could consider to vote for or against. In order for an amendment to pass, 60 percent of the electorate must vote in support. The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken a formal position on three… Read more »

Bishop Holley, who served as a priest in Florida, removed from governance of Memphis

WASHINGTON | Pope Francis has removed Bishop Martin D. Holley of Memphis, Tennessee, from the pastoral governance of the diocese and has named as apostolic administrator Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky. Bishop Holley, 63, a former auxiliary bishop of Washington, was installed Oct. 19, 2016, as the fifth bishop of Memphis. He succeeded… Read more »

Pensacola’s Bishop Wack surveys hurricane damage

ORLANDO | On Oct. 16, Father Luke Farabaugh videotaped himself as he stood in the parking lot of St. Dominic Parish. Behind him were hundreds and hundreds of bottles of water, and just a handful of volunteers. “We were crushed by this storm. Our facility was severely damaged, and we have become a distribution center,”… Read more »

Panhandle diocese moving from prayer to action in wake of Hurricane Michael

PENSACOLA, Fla. | In the wake of Hurricane Michael, which left 13 known dead and more than 1 million without power two days after it ravaged the Florida panhandle, the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, whose territory was smack in the path of the Category 4 storm, is moving from prayer to action. The diocesan website still… Read more »

Speakers: Abortion, sexuality need to be discussed

PUNTA GORDA | Ask good questions, tell good stories and listen. Those were three points a young, international speaker for life offered to participants of the state Respect Life Conference. Canadian Stephanie Gray has formally debated abortion doctors and proponents of abortion at universities and organizations such as Google. As she speaks, she relies on… Read more »

Respect Life speaker: Liturgy = pro-life

PUNTA GORDA | In delivering the keynote to some 450 people gathered for the state Respect Life Conference, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, said everything he knows about living as a Catholic Christian, he learned at Mass. “Everything,” he emphasized. “It’s all there. It’s really not even that complicated. The liturgy and the… Read more »

Dignity of human person focus of Florida Respect Life Conference

PUNTA GORDA  |  Through storytelling, Scripture, science and research, a group of speakers reminded advocates how the foundation for respect life reveals a range of issues from abstinence to marriage, immigration to liturgy, and compassion in health care to preventing abortion. And each of those issues reveal a core value that radiates respect of life… Read more »

Student begins school year with memories of Haiti

ORLANDO | Service hours requirements are not an issue for Elena Brace, a youth member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic. When she sees an activity such as Vacation Bible School, she doesn’t sign up to knock off a few notches from her school “must-do service hours” sheet. She does it because she… Read more »