Category: National and International

Earthquake felt in N.C. brings reading during Mass to life

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  |  Scripture really came alive Aug. 9 for Catholics in Charlotte. A 5.1-magnitude earthquake originating near Sparta was felt in Charlotte a little after 8 a.m. Sunday — just as parishioners at St. Gabriel Church were listening to the first reading of Sunday’s Mass: “At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to… Read more »

CQP FAQ — Important alphabet soup for voting

ORLANDO  |  The last edition of the Florida Catholic examined the Candidate Questionnaire Project offered by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, the lobbying arm of the Florida bishops located in Tallahassee.  The project involves sending any candidate and incumbent who will be on the primary and/or general ballot for the offices of state legislature… Read more »

Florida’s oldest priest dies, served throughout state

Brooksville  |  Msgr. George W. Cummings, a priest ordained for Florida’s mother Diocese of St. Augustine who served parishes across the Sunshine State, died Aug. 8, 2020, in Brooksville. He was 102. Although born in Bridgeport, Connecticut before the end of WWI, he attended St. Paul School in St. Petersburg shortly after it was formed…. Read more »

Cover your face, wash your hands, keep your distance

MIAMI  |  Calling the COVID-19 pandemic the challenge of a lifetime, the nation’s top public health official traveled to Florida — a current hot spot — seeking ways to slow the deadly outbreak.  Specifically, he came to learn how one urban community has managed a particularly low incidence of infection among the homeless.  Dr. Jerome… Read more »

Catholic leaders call for prayers, help after massive Beirut blasts

AMMAN, Jordan | Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut’s port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called for international support. Aid groups say the blast Aug. 4 threatens to open a new humanitarian crisis in an impoverished nation that hosts hundreds of thousands… Read more »

Weapons must be set aside for peace to flourish, pope says

VATICAN CITY | For peace to flourish, weapons of war must be set aside, especially nuclear weapons that can obliterate entire cities and countries, Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. “May the prophetic voices” of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki “continue to serve as a warning to… Read more »

Court orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications

WASHINGTON | A federal judge July 17 ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Judge Paul W. Grimm of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland said his order “restores the DACA policy to its pre-Sept. 5, 2017, status,” referring to… Read more »

U.S. carries out the first federal execution since 2003

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.  |  Early July 13, a temporary stay of all scheduled federal executions was announced by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia due to evidence the drug to be administered causes severe pain. Most Immediately affected was federal inmate Daniel Lewis Lee, whose execution had been scheduled at the Federal… Read more »

Catholic universities oppose ICE rule for students

WASHINGTON  |  U.S. Catholic college and university leaders have joined the nation’s higher education community in condemning a new policy announced by the Trump administration that would prevent international students from remaining in or coming to the United States if their colleges use a completely online format in the fall semester due to the COVID-19… Read more »

Pope saddened by court ruling on Hagia Sophia

VATICAN CITY  |  Pope Francis said he was saddened after a Turkish court ruled to revert the iconic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. While commemorating the International Day of the Sea during his Sunday Angelus address July 12, the pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that “the sea carries me a little farther… Read more »