Samaritan Place ‘raises the roof’

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Catholic Charities of East Tennessee celebrated the new roof at Samaritan Place in Knoxville yesterday. The new roof covers a 10,000 square-foot facility and was made possible by a $70,000 grant from the City of Knoxville. Representatives from the local Community Development Office, the U.S. Department of Housing, and Urban Development, and ACC Construction joined Catholic Charities in its “Raise the Roof” …

Tennessee native, wife both victims of Brussels bombing– Bishop Stika issues statement

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Like many Americans this week, I have been praying for the victims of the airport bombing in Brussels. Regrettably, after days of uncertainty, we now know Gatlinburg native Justin Shults and his wife Stephanie lost their lives in that dreadful and cowardly attack. As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this weekend, my prayers for Justin and Stephanie continue—that their …

Bishop Stika celebrates 7th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination with Mass at KCHS

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Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the 7th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination with a Mass attended by hundreds of faithful Catholics, including some who travelled hundreds of miles to participate, at Knoxville Catholic High School on Mar. 19. The Mass was part of the Mercy & Mary two-day Lenten retreat hosted by the Diocese of Knoxville and led by Father …

Palm Sunday: Where did all those palms come from?

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Catholic News Agency/EWTN Washington D.C. – With Palm Sunday upon us, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it’s safe to say most won’t know where they came from. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem …

Blessed Teresa to be canonized on Sept. 4

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By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process. At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as …

Ladies of Charity cut ribbon on cooler

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If they come, you will build it. Susan Unbehaun and her team of employees and volunteers at the Ladies of Charity in Knoxville have put their own twist on the movie “Field of Dreams” and its memorable line, “If you build it, they will come.” Mrs. Unbehaun, Ladies of Charity executive director,  and her staff, joined by friends and the …

Pope: Missionaries of Charity killed in Yemen are ‘martyrs of charity’

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The four Missionaries of Charity murdered March 4 in Yemen “are the martyrs of today,” Pope Francis said. “They gave their blood for the church.” After reciting the Angelus with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square March 6, Pope Francis publicly offered his condolences to the Missionaries of Charity and prayed that Blessed Teresa …

New report details ‘genocide’ by Islamic State against Christians, minorities

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By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians contend that Christians in Libya, Iraq and Syria are victims of genocide carried out by the Islamic State in a new report. The 278-page document was released March 10 in Washington, a week before a congressionally mandated deadline for the Department of …

Children from NPH ministry visit Diocese of Knoxville

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More than a dozen children from a Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos home for orphans visited the Diocese of Knoxville March 4-7 as part of a U.S. tour to make people aware of the Catholic ministry in Central and South America. The children, ranging in age from 12 to 19, met with Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali at the …

Missionaries of Charity sisters among those killed in Yemen attack

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By Catholic News Agency and Catholic News Service Pope Francis is condemning the “diabolical violence” of Friday’s deadly attack on a nursing home in Yemen, acknowledging in a special way the four Missionaries of Charity sisters who were killed during the siege. “His Holiness Pope Francis was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the killing of four Missionaries of …

Knights raise money for mental health programs

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Last fall, during the holiday season, the Knights of Columbus Council 6730 took to the streets to raise awareness and money for local mental health agencies in their 36th annual Tootsie Roll street collection. The Knights collected $7,590 from local citizens and businesses in Hamblen County. The Knights gave $3,795 to groups in the Five Rivers area: East High Special …