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Bishop Barbarito's Statements

Bishop Barbarito's statement on Fortnight for Freedom

In just a few weeks our country will celebrate the Fourth of July, the founding of our country when we were granted freedoms, among them our religious freedom.  Four years ago the U.S. Bishops began a Fortnight for Freedom to bring greater awareness of this freedom and of contemporary threats to

Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida on the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Even as we lament the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade that deprives the most vulnerable members of our society their fundamental right to life, we are heartened by the recent progress made towards the protection of the unborn child. We profoundly mourn the over 56 million unborn victims since

Bishop Barbarito's Letter to Parishioners

  To the Parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus Parish   My Brothers and Sister in Christ,   As you are probably aware, Father Jose Palimattom, OFM, a priest of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India who had been in our Diocese for less than a month, was recently

Governor Scott Urged to Commute Sentence of Chadwick Banks to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole; Prayer Services Held Statewide

  The Florida Catholic Conference urges Governor Scott to commute the sentence of Chadwick Banks, who is scheduled for execution on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Banks deserves severe punishment for the brutal acts of violence he inflicted upon his victims, Sandra Banks and

Vote with an Informed Conscience - A Message from the Florida Bishops about Voting in November

  Vote with an Informed Conscience - General Election, November 4, 2014   “We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes to help build a better world.” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political

Bishop Barbarito's Statement & Letter designating October as Council of Catholic Women Month in the Diocese of Palm Beach

  Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:   Recently our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has made the sacramental life of the family a focus of his catecheses and ministry.  During the month of September Pope Francis celebrated the weddings of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica and also

Bishop Barbarito's Statement & Letter on Respect Life Sunday

  Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:   A significant occasion in the life of the Church begins this Sunday, October 5, as the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, convoked by Pope Francis, begins in Rome.  This Sunday is also significant as it is Respect Life Sunday, called for by the

Florida Bishops’ Conference urges Governor Scott to commute sentence of John Henry; community called to pray

The Florida Catholic Conference appeals to Governor Rick Scott to commute the sentence of John Henry to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mr. Henry is scheduled to be executed at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, for the 1985 murders of his estranged wife, Suzanne Henry, and

Florida Bishops' Conference urges Governor Scott to commute sentence of Robert Hendrix; Community prays for the condemned, his victims, and an end to the use of the death penalty

    The Florida Catholic Conference asks Governor Rick Scott to commute the sentence of Robert Hendrix to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mr. Hendrix is scheduled to be executed at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 for the 1990 murders of Elmer Scott, Jr. and

Florida Bishops Urge Governor to Commute Sentence of Juan Carlos Chavez to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole; Prayer Services Held Statewide

  The Florida Catholic Conference urges Governor Rick Scott to commute the sentence of Juan Carlos Chavez, scheduled for execution February 12. Mr. Chavez deserves to be punished for the brutal acts of violence he inflicted upon his victim, Jimmy Ryce. Life in prison without the