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St. Augustine diocese reverses mask mandate at Catholic schools

Aug 4, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Masks will now be optional at Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine this upcoming school year, as the... Read more

People watch the partially collapsed Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach.

Miami Catholics unite in prayer as search continues for survivors of building collapse

Jun 28, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As more deaths were confirmed over the weekend from a building collapse in South Florida, the local Catholic community is... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the tomb of St. Paul VI in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Florida building collapse

Jun 26, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis on Saturday offered prayers and condolences to all those affected by a deadly condominium building collapse in Florida... Read more

Florida State University settles lawsuit with Catholic student

May 26, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Florida State University has agreed to a settlement with a Catholic student who sued the school last year over his... Read more

Florida State University.

Catholic Florida man reinstated as university senate president by student court ruling

Oct 26, 2020

Florida State University’s Student Supreme Court has reinstated Jack Denton as president of the Student Senate. Denton was removed from... Read more

Arson at Incarnation Catholic Parish.

Florida man charged with arson at Florida Catholic church

Oct 1, 2020

When sheriff’s deputies set out to arrest the Florida man who is believed to have set fire to a Catholic... Read more

The campus of Florida State University.

Catholic Florida man sues university over religious freedom

Sep 2, 2020

The Catholic former head of Florida State University’s student senate is suing the school, saying his religious freedom was violated... Read more

Florida State University.

After Black Lives Matter controversy, Catholic removed from Florida State student government

Jun 23, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Catholic former president of a Florida university’s student senate says he was removed from office for questioning controversial policy... Read more

Bishop Felipe Estevez. CNA file photo.

St. Augustine bishop calls for end to Florida death penalty

May 28, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

All of Florida’s death row inmates live in the Diocese of St. Augustine. Many are Catholic. At least twice a... Read more

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appoints judges to Miami's Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, March 27, 2019.

Fla. bishops laud parental consent for abortion bill as it goes to governor

Feb 21, 2020

The Florida bishops applauded Thursday the passage through both houses of the state legislature of a bill requiring parental consent... Read more

Stack of three books with rainbow ribbon bookmark.

Banks pull scholarship support over Christian schools' LGBT policies

Jan 31, 2020

Two major banks withdrew support for a Florida scholarship program this week after deciding that the policies of some participating Christian... Read more

James Dailey.

U.S. bishops say death row inmate likely innocent, call for new trial

Jan 20, 2020

The U.S. bishops’ conference and the bishops of Florida are calling for a Florida death row inmate to be given... Read more

James Dailey.

Florida bishops ask governor to stay planned execution

Oct 22, 2019

The Catholic bishops of Florida have called on Governor Ron DeSantis to halt the scheduled execution of James Dailey, who is... Read more

Appeals court orders further review of Florida abortion waiting period

Aug 3, 2019

The 1st District Court of Appeals in Florida has overturned a circuit court ruling which deemed a 24-hour waiting period... Read more

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison.

Florida Catholic Conference asks governor to halt execution of serial killer

May 21, 2019

The Catholic bishops of Florida are calling on the state’s governor to spare the life of Bobby Joe Long, a... Read more

Millie Francis says she will not take down her painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Photo

'Have to kill me first': Florida woman refuses to remove Guadalupe from mobile home

Dec 6, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Millie Francis almost died once. She’s willing to do it again. This time, she says, it would be for Our... Read more

Anti-religious freedom grants target Georgia, Florida, N.M., Texas

Oct 30, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Four states, including Texas and Florida, are in the crosshairs of an anti-religious freedom funders’ network that coordinated the successful... Read more

With inmate's fate unclear, Florida bishops pray to end death penalty

Aug 13, 2018

The Catholic bishops of Florida have asked for continued prayers for an end to the death penalty following the stay... Read more

'Senseless violence and horrifying evil'—Archbishop Wenski urges prayers for Parkland

Feb 14, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami urged Broward County to unity, mutual support, and strength after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman... Read more

Florida resolution could label pornography a 'public health risk'

Feb 12, 2018

By Perry West

A proposed resolution in Florida would declare pornography a public health risk, allowing for greater education and research into the... Read more