Tag: Parkland

Parkland survivors, U.S. bishops have much in common on gun violence

WASHINGTON | After the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018 — this century’s Valentine’s Day Massacre — students who survived the attack have made the case for stricter gun laws, organizing under the banner March for Our Lives. On Aug. 21, March for… Read more »

Youth-led march inspires Catholic adult participants

WASHINGTON | Although the March for Our Lives in Washington March 24 and its “sibling” marches in cities across the country were brought on by teenagers, participants were all ages — from toddlers in strollers pushed by their parents to elderly marchers using walkers. Many of the adults in the Washington crowd carrying posters with… Read more »

Local students pray for peace

Sarasota | Catholic schools across the Diocese of Venice prayed for peace for 17 minutes on March 14, while at the same time public school students across the nation walked out to demand a safer environment in the wake of the tragic shooting where 17 students and faculty were gunned down in Parkland. Dr. Kristy… Read more »

Walkout turns into ‘walk up’ at Miami school

Tied to Parkland by geography, students choose heart as symbol of their call to action   FORT LAUDERDALE | They turned their fear into prayer and their anger into action. One month after the deaths of 14 of their peers — and three teachers — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, students in… Read more »

Parkland remembrance turns personal for Pace High student

At school walkout in memory of victims, students also told you are not ‘too young’   MIAMI GARDENS | On the morning of March 14, hundreds of students, faculty and staff of Msgr. Edward Pace High School lined up along the track of Jones Field at the Spartan football stadium. They joined in solidarity with… Read more »

Time is now to address gun violence in ‘comprehensive way,’ say bishops

WASHINGTON | The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said it is long past time for the nation’s leaders to come up with “common-sense gun measures as part of a comprehensive approach to the reduction of violence in society and the protection of life.” The U.S. Catholic bishops have advocated for such measures for decades… Read more »

Catholics urge political leaders to take steps to curb gun violence

WASHINGTON | In a Feb. 28 open letter to President Donald Trump and members of Congress, Jesuit Father Michael Sheeran, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, urged U.S. leaders to listen to the teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and help them “fix this” plague of gun violence in our… Read more »

In Jesus, God became a victim of our violence

A local priest’s reflection on the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Editor’s note: Msgr. Michael Souckar, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Coral Springs, preached the following reflection during “An Evening of Prayer, Petition and Healing” for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in neighboring Parkland — and… Read more »

With growing student activism on gun violence, will lawmakers act?

WASHINGTON | Determination and resolve, mixed with frustration and anger, are guiding a new round of resolute activism to reshape federal gun laws. The drive is fueled largely by high school students who survived yet another mass school shooting, this one Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people, including… Read more »

Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform

TALLAHASSEE | About 100 students from Parkland arrived in Tallahassee the evening of Feb. 20, highly motivated to press their state lawmakers in person to reform gun laws after the deadly shooting rampage at their high school. The afternoon shooting spree Feb. 14 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County left at… Read more »