From Our Own Correspondent
Florida, one of the Southern States where not long ago the Church had to carry on In face of bigotry and intolerance fostered by tbe Ku Klux Klan, now boasts its own Catholic weekly. Published as the organ of the diocese of St. Augustine, the new paper is called
The elorida Catholir It will serve .■ region which never before had Its own local Catholic periodical.
What may be of more interest than the appearance of the paper itself is the statement made in an editorial column, reminding its readers that the Church in America was that formally eeta.blished in Florida,
The first Bishop to exercise episcopal powers in what is now the United States was Mgr. Juan Suarez, who was designated Bishop of the Province of Florida in 1527. This was some 268 years before the appointment of Bishop John Carroll to the See of Baltimore.
The Church in Florida had a beginning contemporaneous with that of the Church in Mexico and the West Indies. The first apostles of the Faith In those lands were Spanish missionaries, and so the Church in Florida, like that In California and the south-western States, has a Spanish origin.