Category: Miami

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 »

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 »

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 »

Teaching boys to be good, not just ‘cool’

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Kindness club now fights bullying among men, too FORT LAUDERDALE | Tying a necktie might not seem a weapon against school bullying. But small things can add up. “It shows you’re a gentleman, that you can present yourself,” said The’Andris Freeman, a founding member of the men’s wing of the Aquinas Kindness… Read more »

Miami archbishop says Florida shouldn’t follow Texas’ refugee stance

MIAMI | Refugees make an important impact in the United States and should not be denied resettlement as the Texas governor recently decided, said Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski. The archbishop, writing in a letter to the editor posted online Jan. 16 for the Miami Herald, noted that Albert Einstein was a refugee and former… 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 »

Pax Christi President: Politics? No. Gospel, yes

Co-president of Pax Christi International says group preaches ‘concrete Gospel’ of the Church MIAMI | When the Church speaks of love, no one objects. When the Church speaks of climate change or immigration, a chorus goes up: Stay out of politics. Preach the Gospel. To which Bishop Marc Stenger, of Troyes, France, replies: That is… 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 »

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 »