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U.S. bishops say ‘enough’ on federal executions

WASHINGTON | Just hours before the sixth federal execution took place this year, and two days before the next one was scheduled, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice. “We say to President Trump and Attorney General Barr: Enough. Stop these executions,” said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma… Read more »

Orlando priest looks to the future as bishop of Savannah

ORLANDO  |  After serving in the Catholic ministry in the Diocese of Orlando for 22 years, Father Stephen Parkes will greet the parishioners of the Diocese of Savannah as their new bishop Sept. 23, 2020.  It was in July that Bishop-Elect Parkes received a life-changing phone call from Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The apostolic nuncio to… Read more »

Oregon’s fire: Most churches safe, for now, offering shelter

PORTLAND, Ore.  |  While the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains have been ablaze, creating red apocalyptic skies and leaving five small towns in ashes, most of the churches in the Archdiocese of Portland have not burned and many have offered shelter to thousands of evacuees. On Sept. 9, two deaths in Marion County and one… Read more »

Court sides with Trump on end to TPS

WASHINGTON  |  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided Sept. 14 with President Donald Trump’s plan to end a particular immigration protection status that would have allowed people from six countries that have suffered disasters to remain in the United States. The court said the president was within his rights to revoke… Read more »

Pope to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

VATICAN CITY | When he addresses, via video message, the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 21, Pope Francis is expected to speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rethink economic, political and environmental policies in a way that will benefit humanity and the earth. Since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic in… Read more »

Bishop Verot High football season opens

Fort Myers  |  The atmosphere was charged with excitement as the Bishop Verot Catholic High School Viking Football Team kicked off its season Sept. 4, 2020, at home in Fort Myers. The crowd roared as the players ran through a tunnel and onto the field for the first time, flanked by cheerleaders and looking eager… Read more »

COVID-19 is a ‘new world’ for those caring for sick, dying

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  |  Providing pastoral care for the sick and homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. “Everything is different now,” said Father Titus Augustine, pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Nashville. “It’s a new world.” “We can continue to serve the sick… Read more »

Memories of 9/11 attacks linger for fire department chaplain

BROOKLYN, N.Y.  |  Msgr. John Delendick, a longtime New York Fire Department chaplain who is currently pastor of St. Jude Church in Brooklyn, remembers Sept. 11, 2001, vividly. At the time of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Msgr. Delendick had just finished celebrating Mass at St. Michael’s Church in Brooklyn where he… Read more »

From Miami to Santiago, Cubans look to patron saint for hope and unity

WASHINGTON | Even as the coronavirus pandemic limited attendance in churches, Cubans on the island and abroad packed churches and a shrine, from Miami to El Cobre, Cuba, for the Sept. 8 feast day of Our Lady of Charity. Bishops told Massgoers to seek refuge in Cuba’s patron saint during this turbulent time. Mary’s mission… Read more »

Faith formation continues on parish level during COVID

ORLANDO  |  When Florida shut down in March due to COVID-19, many residents of the Sunshine State hoped the pandemic would run its course by now. But it hasn’t.  A heavy topic on the minds of much of the population centers around education. Remote learning or brick and mortar learning are the two choices faced… Read more »