Open Wide Our Hearts

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”  – Pope Francis, June 3, 2020

Violent actions against African Americans have become all too common. When we witness those actions, such as the one that took the life of George Floyd, we know it is our responsibility to respond. Our faith calls us to speak out against racism and work to transform structures that continue to disregard the equal dignity of all people. Find resources below to help us pray, learn, and act together to transform our hearts, our policies, and our country. 

On June 7, 2020, Bishop Parkes led a prayer vigil for peace, healing and change. Learn more about the Prayer Vigil and find photos and watch video here.

On July 27, 2020, an online discussion took place called: Why Do They March? Answering the Questions that Divide Us so that Understanding and Love Can Unite Us. A panel of five Tampa Bay area Catholics responded to some challenging questions regarding racism. This was the first in a series of online discussions aimed at promoting greater understanding, respect and unity. Watch a recording of the discussion below.

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Statements from Catholic Leaders

Click here to find statements responding to the death of Mr. George Floyd and the justified outrage expressed around the country.

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