Category: National

Seeking the face of God? Look around you

How many of you, when asked, “How are you doing?”, have replied, “I’m just waiting for this year to end”? We have experienced in 2020 a pandemic like none we have ever seen, political turmoil like none we have ever seen, an economic shutdown like … you get the picture. For many of us, 2021… Read more »

U.S. bishops urge Trump, Barr to stop upcoming federal executions

WASHINGTON | In response to the upcoming federal execution of Orlando Hall Nov. 19, and two more federal executions scheduled to take place in December, two U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen called on the government to end this practice. “We ask President (Donald) Trump and Attorney General (William) Barr, as an act of witness to the… Read more »

Priest says being in vaccine trial a way to help bring end to deadly virus

WASHINGTON | When Father John Fields received an email from the University of Pennsylvania Aug. 28 asking him if he wanted to participate in the third and final phase of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, he answered “yes” immediately. “I did not hesitate. For me, it was a go. I just hoped I would be accepted,”… Read more »

Bishops, in virtual meeting, focus on McCarrick report, pandemic, racism

WASHINGTON | The first day of the virtual fall assembly of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Nov. 16, included discussion about the Vatican report on Theodore McCarrick, the ongoing pandemic and the church’s response to racism. The two-day assembly, which usually takes place in Baltimore, was virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The public sessions… Read more »

Biden quotes priest’s hymn ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ in speech

WASHINGTON  |  Father Michael Joncas was watching President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech Nov. 7, but not even he was expecting Biden to quote from his well-known hymn “On Eagle’s Wings.” Biden gave an fairly lengthy introduction to the hymn in his remarks. “In the last days of the campaign, I began thinking about a hymn… Read more »

Couple fought knowing ‘every single day is a gift’

ORLANDO  |  As the second decade of the 21st century rolls forward, and states become more divided on preserving human life. Currently, eight states (including Washington, D.C.) allow assisted suicide — a physician-aided agreement to end a patient’s life based solely on the patient qualifying for death under state law.  Florida is not one of… Read more »

McCarrick report summary cites lack of serious investigations of rumors

VATICAN CITY | Although dogged for years by rumors of sexual impropriety, Theodore E. McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts, protestations of his innocence and a lack of church officials reporting and investigating accusations, according to the Vatican summary of its report on the matter. In choosing… Read more »

Catholic chaplain gives logical opposition to death penalty

ORLANDO  |  With decades of experience, a death row chaplain and well-known Catholic speaker used a virtual forum to focus on his most significant lifetime pursuit — raising awareness about the wrongness of America’s use of the death penalty. On Oct. 24, 2020, Dale Recinella, a Catholic correctional chaplain for Florida’s death row inmates, gave… Read more »

Blessed McGivney: Model parish priest with ‘zeal’ for Gospel, for serving faithful

Blessed Michael J. McGivney was “an outstanding witness of Christian solidarity and fraternal assistance” because of his “zeal” for proclaiming the Gospel and his “generous concern for his brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said in his apostolic letter of beatification of the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Representing the pope, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin… Read more »

Catholics inspired to vote for the common good

ORLANDO  |  A member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminded the faithful it is everyone’s responsibility to vote. And, thankfully, the Church teaches the principles of social teachings and how to apply them to major issues.  In his presentation, “Civilize It: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” Greg Schleppenbach, associate director of the secretariat… Read more »