Category: Florida

Conference inspires to take a step and ‘Walk with Moms’

ORLANDO | Taking a cue from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a presentation at the annual life conference will discuss how being pro-life involves “Walking with Moms.” On Oct. 24, the Diocese of Palm Beach will host the annual Florida Culture of Life Conference, formerly known as the state Respect Life Conference on a… Read more »

Activists applaud encyclical’s stance against death penalty

WASHINGTON  |  Pope Francis tackled several issues in his new encyclical, but the section devoted to ending capital punishment was particularly cheered by U.S. Catholics who oppose the death penalty. The pope reiterated how St. John Paul II had described the death penalty as “inadequate from a moral standpoint and no longer necessary from that… Read more »

Nashville musician provides hope at conference

ORLANDO  |  Even over the phone, singer/songwriter Sean Forrest exudes a charisma so alive with genuine Catholic faith and devotion to God that it will make anyone follow along.  After his eventual trek to convert to Catholicism, he captured his desire to travel the world and set up missionaries are an extension of his sociable… Read more »

Culture of Life annual conference goes virtual

ORLANDO  |  The internet, with its opportunities for Zoom meetings and Facetime calls, has served as a lifeline during the coronavirus pandemic. And later this month, that lifeline moniker will become even more appropriate as annual conference goes virtual.  The annual Florida Culture of Life Conference — formally known as the state Respect Life Conference… Read more »

Catholic prison ministry adapts through pandemic

ORLANDO  |  Visiting the imprisoned is a corporal work of mercy rooted in the Gospel of Matthew: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you… Read more »

State, U.S. conferences help Catholics form conscience on election issues

Key dates to remember: • Last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3 general election: Oct. 5• Early voting is as early as Oct. 19, 2020 in some counties, Oct. 24 all counties• Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Oct 24 ORLANDO | The U.S. bishops’ quadrennial document on political responsibility, “Forming Consciences for Faithful… 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 »

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 »

Catholic Charities organize for elderly support during pandemic

ORLANDO  |  With mortality rates highest for the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida’s Catholic Charities are eager to ensure proper care for the seniors in their dioceses. Through various projects and programs, the Dioceses of Palm Beach and Orlando continue to express their faith in Christ by helping the elderly in need. From food… Read more »