Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Jim Wogan News

VATICAN CITY (by CINDY WOODEN- CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its …

Cardinal Rigali attends installment of new cardinals

Emily Booker Catholic Church, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who now resides in the Diocese of Knoxville, fulfilled one of his many faithful duties to the Catholic Church this week by attending a consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican at which Pope Francis officially created 14 new cardinals for the Church. “This is the highest honor that we can receive, the greatest promotion …

Pope Francis honors Father Bill Gahagan with title of monsignor

Jim Wogan News

Pope Francis has designated Father William Gahagan, who has served in the Diocese of Knoxville since its inception in 1988, with the title of monsignor. The papal honor comes at the recommendation of Bishop Richard F. Stika who made the announcement at a meeting of diocesan priests on May 23.  “A lot of the younger priests don’t know this, but …

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. …

Celebration of Mercy on July 23

Jim Wogan News, Parishes, Year of Mercy

The Cumberland Mountain Deanery invites you to a celebration of the Lord’s merciful love with a program of prayer, reflection and song. Confessions are available. Please consider inviting those who are inactive with the Church and those seeking the healing mercy of God’s love.   Event date: The Celebration of Mercy will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 10 …

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates 65th anniversary of ordination

Emily Booker News, Uncategorized

VATICAN CITY (CNS) –Pope Francis led a Vatican celebration for the 65th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s priestly ordination on June 28. The two were joined by the heads of Vatican offices and congregations and several guests, including a delegation from the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Those gathered gave Pope Benedict a standing ovation as he made his way into …

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 …

Missionaries of Charity sisters among those killed in Yemen attack

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

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 …

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 blesses Sacred Heart Cathedral dedication stone

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Pope Francis blessed a dedication stone for the new Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 14 in St. Peter Square in Rome, a significant symbolic gesture for the future of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee. The stone was presented to Pope Francis by Bishop Richard F. Stika. “The Holy Father’s willingness to do this is a great blessing for our diocese. We have been planning this for months and …

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 …

Bishop Stika statement on Pope Francis environmental encyclical

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika spent Thursday afternoon reading over the 191 page encyclical issued by Pope Francis.  Here is Bishop Stika’s statement: “It is with excitement and joy that we have received Laudato Si, the much anticipated encyclical letter on the environment from Pope Francis. Some will try to place the Holy Father’s words into a political framework and limit …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …