If the maxed-out parking lots and auditorium were any indication, the 2018 Florida Eucharistic Congress was a major success. Congress organizers on Saturday, March 17, conservatively estimated attendance of at least 5,000. Some of those in attendance agreed to share what motivated them to attend an event that’s getting national and international exposure every year.
The Diocese of St. Augustine will host a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary, Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children’s Exodus( OPPG). The screening is March 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica’s Bishop Baker Center, 267 St. George Street in St. Augustine.
By Jeff Brumley
Catholics are responsible for sharing Christ in an age and culture both ignorant of and hostile to the values of the gospel. That was the consistent message presented to the 5,000 or more Catholic faithful during the 2018 Eucharistic Congress held March 16-17 at the Prime F. Osborn III Center in Jacksonville.
By Peggy DeKeyser
Pope Francis is a pontiff of firsts, to be sure. The first pope from the Americas, he is also the first Jesuit, the first non-European since Gregory III, a Syrian, in 741, and the first from south of the equator.
Five years ago, on March 13, 2013, white smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, signifying his election to the papacy by a two-thirds majority of cardinal electors. To mark his fifth anniversary as Holy Father, let’s take a look at some accomplishments and interesting facts about Pope Francis.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, chair of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty urge the faithful to flood Congress with emails and calls asking for enactment of the Conscience Protection Act as part of the 2018 funding bill and to pray for this outcome. Congress is currently considering whether to include the Conscience Protection Act in must-pass government funding legislation, and a decision on the Conscience Protection Act’s inclusion will be made prior to March 23, 2018.
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto
Florida Catholic staff
Gathered in Miami for three days of intense reflection, 300 mostly Hispanic Catholics pondered problems and proffered solutions to three overriding challenges:
- speaking Spanish in an English-speaking Church, being immigrants in a country that has turned increasingly hostile to their presence,
- and being believers in a progressively secular society.
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) recently hosted two Legacy Conferences challenging Greek students to discover God’s plan, live with a purpose and establish a meaningful legacy for the future – both on campus and in eternity. More than 870 attendees joined in the events in Atlanta Feb. 9 – 11, and Kansas City Feb. 23 – 25.
Blessed Trinity parishioners in Jacksonville collected more than 11,000 diapers and 12,300 baby wipes as part of their Diaper Drive for the Women’s Help Center in Jacksonville. Great commitment to supporting life!
On Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the government’s request to hear its “appeal before judgment” on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) cases. Accordingly, the lower court injunctions in the California and New York, DACA cases remain in effect nationally and DACA renewals remain available to those who currently have DACA status.