Bishops appeal for mercy for accused priest killer

January 31, 2017

by Lila Ross Saying “justice needs to be tamed by mercy,” Bishop Felipé Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and two brother bishops called Tuesday for the state of Georgia to drop the death penalty in the case of accused priest killer Steven J. Murray. Read More

Catholic Charities Affirms Support for Migrants and Refugees

January 31, 2017

Anita Hassell, chief executive officer and diocesan director of Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. of the Diocese of St. Augustine, affirms today the agency’s commitment to welcome and assist the stranger to our land. Read More

Catholic Bishops call on Georgia District Attorney to remove the Death Penalty from case involving murdered priest

January 30, 2017

Three Catholic bishops from Florida and Georgia will hold an 11 a.m. joint news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 31, outside the Richmond County Courthouse, 735 James Brown Blvd., in Augusta, Ga. Read More

USCCB Committee on Migration Chair Strongly Opposes Executive Order Because It Harms Vulnerable Refugee and Immigrant Families

January 30, 2017

President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees. In addition, it prioritizes religious minorities suffering from religious persecution, thereby deprioritizing all other persons fleeing persecution; calls for a temporary bar on admission to the United States from a number of countries of particular concern (all Muslim majority); and imposes a yet-to-be determined new vetting process for all persons seeking entry to the United States. Read More

Bishop Estévez and Faithful of the Diocese Joins Thousands at National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017 The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held beginning today (Jan. 26) through Friday morning, January 27, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More than 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation include several hundred young adults from the Diocese of St. Augustine, will pray there for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life. The Vigil marks the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion nationwide. Since those decisions, more than 57 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States. Read More

Urge support for No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

January 24, 2017

On January 3, 2017, H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This important pro-life legislation will place in permanent law a consistent federal policy restricting the funding and promotion of abortion. Read More

Faith Leaders Gather to Promote Unity

January 19, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Imagine Christianity in which all believers, regardless of denomination, worshipped, prayed and shared fellowship as one body. Read More

Catholics March for Life in January

January 18, 2017

The 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion is being observed in January around the diocese and with a pilgrimage to Washington. This year’s events have been scheduled around the inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington. Read More

Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida on the 44th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade January 22, 2017

January 18, 2017

“I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”  –Misericordia et Misera, Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis at the Conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, no. 12 Read More

Observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15, 2017

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read More