Cardinal Justin Rigali on sainthood for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be elevated to Sainthood during a Mass of Canonization celebrated by Pope Francis on Sept. 4.   For a special look at this remarkable Catholic and Christian– her life, her work, and her impact on our faith, please join Cardinal Justin Rigali who will appear as a guest on our diocesan television show– A Call to Discipleship. …

Pope visits Lesbos, brings three refugee families back to Vatican

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MYTILENE, Greece (CNS) — Although their speeches were punctuated with policy appeals, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders focused their visit to the island of Lesbos on the faces, stories and drawings of refugees. Pope Francis, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and all Greece spent more time April …

Blessed Teresa to be canonized on Sept. 4

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Saints, Year of Mercy

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 …

Bishop Stika asking parishes to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord

Jim Wogan Lent, News, Pope Francis, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika is asking parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville to participate in Pope Francis’ special 24 hour Lenten initiative on March 4 and March 5.  Two of the key components of 24 Hours for the Lord is Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Pope Francis is reminding us that Lent is a time of prayer,  penance, and almsgiving.  This …

Diocesan priests receive Missionaries of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

While Catholics across the world have been called on by Pope Francis to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy— two priests from the Diocese of Knoxville received a special mandate from the Holy Father in Rome to spread merciful works further. Monsignor Al Humbrecht, pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy; and Father Joe Reed, associate pastor at …

Pope prays for peace at Bangui Mass

Emily Booker Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service BANGUI, Central African Republic (CNS) — Pope Francis ended his visit to the violence-torn Central African Republic with cries for peace and pleas for a mercy that seeks and grants forgiveness. In a country where political and ethnic rivalries also have split the population along religious lines, Pope Francis began Nov. 30 with a visit …

Pope Francis celebrates closing Mass at World Meeting of Families

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family. Nearly 200 people from the Diocese of Knoxville– including students from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga and Knoxville Catholic High School– …

Pope brings Gospel of ‘encounter’ to Madison Square Garden

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — Seeing New York for the first time in his 78 years of life, Pope Francis said he knew Madison Square Garden was an important gathering place for sporting events and concerts. For him, it was transformed into a chapel in the heart of the Big Apple. True peace in a …

Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Canonization for Junipero Serra

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Saints

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis made history Sept. 23 by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra. St. Serra, a Franciscan missionary from Spain, founded nine Catholic missions in California, most of which would go on to become the centers of major cities in the state. The trail-blazing life of this priest, Pope Francis …

Pope Francis arrives in United States; Bishop Stika to meet with Holy Father

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

Pope Francis began his whirlwind visit to the United States with his touchdown at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, a prelude to an agenda that will bring the pope to three U.S. cities including Philadelphia, site of the World Meeting of Families. Along the way, the Holy Father will meet with U.S. bishops and cardinals, including Bishop …

Pope Francis opens visit to Cuba with Mass at Revolution Square

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service HAVANA (CNS) — As Cubans finally face the prospects of calmer relationships and greater ease of communication and commerce with the United States, Pope Francis told the Cuban people that love and service, not anyone’s ideology, are the keys to their happiness. “We do not serve ideas, we serve people,” the pope told hundreds …