A look at some interesting popes of the past

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) – From St. Peter to Pope Francis, there have been 266 popes; 80 of them are recognized as saints with the April 27 canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. The earliest popes were martyred for their faith, which the Catholic Church takes as a clear sign of holiness. Once the persecution of …

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II achieve sainthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions. “They were priests, …

Diocese of Knoxville well represented at canonization Mass

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Among the hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday to witness history as Popes John XXIII and John Paul II received sainthood were a group of parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville led by Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali. The 14 diocesan members, which included Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, pastor …

Catholics embrace the Church’s newest saints

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Volunteers wearing neon yellow vests interlocked their arms and led the crowds, several hundred at a time, slowly toward St. Peter’s Square. The “one-block-at-a-time” strategy was to help avoid a chaotic rush and crush of tens of thousands of people when the square opened at 5:30 a.m. An estimated 800,000 people …