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Pope: Show grandparents that you care

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis called on young people to reach out to their grandparents or the elderly who may be lonely or on their own. “Do not leave them by themselves,” he said after praying the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter’s Square July 26. “Use the inventiveness of love, make phone calls, video… Read more »

Portland archbishop urges end to violence, return to campaign for justice

PORTLAND, Ore. | As the national spotlight landed on his city and its ongoing protests, Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample July 24 made a plea for citizens to leave violence behind and return to a campaign for racial justice. “Who remembers George Floyd anymore?” Archbishop Sample said during one of his “Chapel Chats,” weekly 30-minute… Read more »

Christ statue beheaded at Miami church in new Catholic statue attacks

MIAMI  |   In mid-July, the Archbishop of Miami told local police that the desecration of the statue of Christ should be treated as an act of hatred for the Church and faith.  According to Mary Ross Agosta, communications director for the Archdiocese of Miami, some time between late Tuesday night, July 14, 2020, and early Wednesday… Read more »

Court rules in favor of employer exemptions to contraceptive coverage

WASHINGTON | In a 7-2 decision July 8, the Supreme Court upheld regulations by the Trump administration giving employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans. The decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, said the administration had “the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers… Read more »

Florida Catholic honored by fellow Catholic professionals

ORLANDO  |  The Florida Catholic newspaper garnered 15 awards, including first, second and third places, at the 2020 Catholic Press Association awards. “This year was an amazing year for us,” said Ann Borowski-Slade, associate publisher of the Florida Catholic. “We were recognized in so many different categories — layout and design, writing, reporting, ad development,… Read more »

U.S. bishops welcome court decision on Catholic schools

WASHINGTON | Two U.S. bishops said they welcomed the Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling July 8 which said California Catholic schools could not be sued for job discrimination in firing teachers. The bishops said the decision “rightly acknowledged” the limit on state authority. The decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, said: “What matters, at bottom, is… Read more »

St. Peter’s Fleet fishes for the needy

KEY WEST | Career fishermen like Captain Billy Wickers III were suffering for lack of business during the coronavirus lockdown. Meanwhile, food banks were scrambling for ways to feed needy seniors in the Florida Keys. But the two problems have helped solve each other, thanks to “St. Peter’s Fleet,” a new program of the SOS… Read more »

Bishop celebrates Masses at Parishes throughout the Venice Diocese

Sarasota  |  Bishop Frank J. Dewane was the main celebrant for the Vigil Mass June 6, 2020, at St. Patrick Parish in Sarasota,  This visit was the latest in a series of Masses being celebrated by Bishop Dewane throughout the Diocese of Venice since public Masses resumed May 18, 2020, in the wake of the… Read more »

After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

WASHINGTON | It’s called “taking a knee,” and many professional athletes around the country have made the gesture publicly to protest police brutality. Lately, even police officers showing solidarity have kneeled around the country before those protesting the May 25 killing of George Floyd, who died after being filmed pinned to the ground with a… Read more »

To stream or not: Italians debate online Masses when faithful can attend

ROME | As Italian Catholics prepared to celebrate Pentecost, the second Sunday with Masses permitted with a limited number of faithful, bishops and priests were still debating whether to continue livestreaming Masses as well. After a 10-week ban, Masses with the faithful were allowed again beginning May 18. The number of people permitted to attend… Read more »