St. Vincent de Paul Society shows mercy to East Tennesseans

Emily Booker News, Year of Mercy

When people find themselves in times of crisis, they often call on the Catholic Church. The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Good Shepherd Parish in Newport is making sure the Church can answer that call. Driven by a mission to alleviate suffering and promote human dignity, Vincentians focus on person-to-person contact, visiting with the poor and individually addressing their …

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 …

Bishop Stika gives details on Year of Mercy; forgiveness for sin of abortion

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

Bishop Richard F. Stika has clarified, for diocesan parishioners and others, the impact of recent pastoral guidelines on abortion and forgiveness, announced by Pope Francis on Aug. 31 for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. The Holy Father extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion. He also decreed the full validity, during the year, of …