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The shroud, or not the shroud? That is the question

KCHS chemistry teacher Dr. Kelly Kearse leads presentation on the Shroud of Turin    By Dan McWilliams Dr. Kelly Kearse of Knoxville Catholic High School offered “Reflections in Faith and Science,” a talk April 6 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin …

New science dates shroud to time of Christ’s death

Italian scientist reveals findings from X-ray research method to determine age of the cloth’s fibers By Edward Pentin National Catholic Register An Italian scientist is claiming a new technique using X-ray dating shows the holy Shroud of Turin to be much older than some scientists have stated, and that it …

Easter healing

Even in the season of joy, we must still love those suffering By Claire Collins Easter, the Church’s great season of joy, is here. The Gloria has returned, our homes are decorated with plastic eggs, and bright floral colors decorate the pews of our churches. For my family, the joy …

‘The Wall That Heals’ Vietnam veterans memorial visits the Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Stika delivers remarks, Benediction at public event to mark the mobile tribute’s stopover            By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika spoke at and gave the Benediction for a ceremony April 21 at “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic on display in Knoxville budget address

By Bill Brewer St. Mary’s Hospital was again a center of activity on April 22 when the city of Knoxville and mayor Indya Kincannon gathered hundreds of city and Knox County officials for the annual state of the city address and luncheon. The original hospital building, which opened in 1930 …

 St. John XXIII Parish (finally) marks 50th anniversary

By Jim Wogan It took longer than expected, but parishioners of St. John XXIII last month finally marked the 50th anniversary of their parish’s dedication—52 years after it happened. The COVID pandemic stalled the original plans for the Catholic community’s jubilee by two years, but the delay didn’t mask the …

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Diocese of Knoxville English classes transform lives

Local, international learners benefit from lay ministry that is growing in numbers     By Gabrielle Nolan It is a common human experience to travel to a foreign country and not understand the language. Tourists fumble through basic vocabulary as they try to communicate their thoughts to the locals. But when …

A plea for mercy

God has given us through St. Faustina a most powerful weapon—the Chaplet of Divine Mercy By Bishop Richard F. Stika “O give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”  — Psalm 136:1 Twenty-two years ago, on April 30, 2000, St. John Paul II canonized …

Diocesan schools achieve reaccreditation

Diocese of Knoxville system meets standards set by international, national agencies       By Gabrielle Nolan Diocese of Knoxville Catholic Schools have once again passed a rigorous accreditation review process. This process ensures that diocesan schools meet the standards established by the National Standards and Benchmarks of Excellence for Effective Catholic …

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Do you believe in miracles? Deacon Ken Conklin may help you decide

By Dan McWilliams Those attending the Chrism Mass on April 12 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus beheld a miracle standing before them. Deacon Ken Conklin served as deacon of the Eucharist at the annual liturgy, an act no one more than six months ago thought …

Faith in the risen Lord

Holiest week of the year arrives as Bishop Stika celebrates Chrism, Easter Masses  By Dan McWilliams Calling it a “great joy” at one Mass, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the liturgies and services of Holy Week: Palm Sunday, the Chrism Mass, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, …