Diocese of Knoxville pilgrims attend World Youth Day events in Poland

Jim Wogan News

Seven parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville are attending World Youth Day events in Krakow, Poland this week. Rebecca McDonald-Harber, Carolyn Lubthisophon, Logan Parsons, Sloane Perry, and Paley Perry traveled with group leaders Doug Perry and Beth Parsons, youth director at Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa. The trip was organized by the Diocese of Knoxville youth ministry office.  Select …

Pope Doesn’t Change Church Teaching, Makes Headlines for ‘Change’

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

Over the last couple of days, the secular news media is abuzz with what Pope Francis supposedly said about homosexual persons in an unexpected, impromptu in-flight news conference that he held on his way back from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. To see some headlines in the secular press, you would think that what Pope Francis said marks …

Heralds of the Good News

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

World Youth Day festivities came to an end in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, but not before millions of young people had the experience of a lifetime, and Pope Francis made his mark on the “Marvelous City” forever. So critical may this World Youth Day of 2013 prove in defining Francis’ pontificate in Church history that even those closest to the …

Pope urges youth to play on God’s team and help build up the church

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

  RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Pope Francis told young people God might have been trying to communicate something in forcing the World Youth Day vigil’s change of venue from a huge field to a long narrow stretch of sand and sea. Addressing as many as 3 million young — and not-so-young — people on Rio’s Copacabana beach July 27, …

Standing Up for Truth and Human Dignity

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

When the Holy Father arrived in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, the crowds mobbed him. They didn’t do so in anger, they wanted to be close to the Vicar of Christ, to the man who lives simplicity and holiness before them and who is the first pope from the Americas. Those crowds wanted to see the man who said simply “I have …

The Church Is Not a Political Party

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On the eve of next week’s World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, the seeming fascination on the part of much of what we might call the mainstream secular news media with the day-to-day doings of Pope Francis continues without abatement. The Holy Father made the international cover of Time this week, where he has been dubbed “The People’s …

Servant of the Servants of God

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

As youth from around the world gather in Rio de Janeiro for next week’s World Youth Day festivities, some in the secular press seem keen to play a highly misleading and greatly erroneous game of “compare the popes” between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The latest to play this game seems to be the religion section …

New Advent

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Have you ever wanted to find a site on the internet that is the equivalent of a Catholic clearing house? New Advent may be the place you have been looking for. Kevin Knight began New Advent as a project to create an online version of the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia following Pope John Paul II’s visit to Denver for World Youth …