Catholic School Students Fared Better During COVID-19 Pandemic, Report Says

A recent federal government report has confirmed the fears of parents and educators that the COVID-19 pandemic had an adverse effect on younger students’ progress in reading and mathematics, though a deeper dive into the data reveals Catholic school students didn’t fall as far behind.

Buffalo Diocese Agrees to More Oversight to Prevent Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Buffalo has agreed to enact more secular oversight of its response to complaints of clergy sexual abuse in a legal settlement with New York State Attorney General Letitia James, resolving a 2020 lawsuit that accused the diocese of mishandling allegations. 

Florida’s Affordable Housing Crunch Is Now Even Worse

Since the day after Hurricane Ian made landfall, Vivian Pelham and her husband have been living out of a Red Cross shelter set up in a former healthcare clinic in Wauchula. As of Oct. 6, she hadn’t gone back to their mobile home, fearful of what she might find. 

Local Catholic Charities Unit Offers Aid to Hurricane-Stricken Floridians

By mid-morning Oct. 4, one week after Hurricane Ian made landfall, there was a line of cars wrapped around the vast San Pedro Catholic Church parking lot and down the adjacent street, waiting their turn to get water bottles, bags of ice, and tarps loaded into their trunks to bring back home. 

Lack of Insurance Hampers Efforts To Rebuild For Many Survivors

Looking around at fallen tree limbs and brush littered throughout her yard, Elizabeth Reyes couldn’t help but notice that the usual natural sounds of birds overhead were gone, replaced by the sounds of machinery used for power and clean-up after Hurricane Ian. 

Archbishop Says Sign Language Helps in Connecting With Faithful in Crisis

Celebrating a Mass for the Uvalde, Texas community on the first night after the Robb Elementary School shooting, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller called the children in attendance to the front of the church to speak with them directly, but didn’t receive any feedback.