Reasons why the Death Penalty must end in Florida

by Most Reverend Felipe J. Estévez

On Thursday, December 14th, the Death Penalty Information Center released their annual end of year report analyzing the trends and patterns we’ve seen with the death penalty in 2017. According to the report, death sentences and executions were the second lowest in a quarter century. Additionally, public support for the death penalty fell to its lowest level in 45 years.

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Questions Regarding Catholic Campaign for Human Development

A collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was taken up in all parishes of the diocese, Nov. 24-25. Some allegations have been made regarding the selection of grants. Ralph McCloud, director of CCHD for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has provided a response to ensure all grants meet the highest standards of accountability and conformity with the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. See below to read the response from Ralph McCloud.

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First World Day of the Poor Proclaimed by Pope Francis

“Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth” (1 Jn 3:18). These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard. … Love has no alibi.”  

 In declaring the first World Day of the Poor on Nov. 19, Pope Francis has exhorted believers to “draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love that breaks through their solitude.”

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