Year of Faith, Respect Life Month being observed

WASHINGTON (CNA)—The U.S. bishops’ chairman on pro-life issues invited Catholics to commemorate the Year of Faith and the 41st annual Respect Life Month through prayer, education and advocacy. Respect Life Month, along with the upcoming Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI, provides a “vitally important” opportunity for Catholics …

Former John XXIII priest passes away

SAN FRANCISCO—Father Peter Gerard Shea, CSP, who formerly served at Blessed John XXIII Parish in Knoxville, died Sept. 23 in San Francisco. A funeral Mass was held Sept. 27 at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. A funeral Mass also was celebrated Sept. 29 at St. Thomas the Apostle …

Pope Benedict XVI making an impression on seminarians

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—With his personal charisma and energetic pastoral style, Blessed John Paul II famously inspired a generation of vocations to the priesthood—to the point that men whose discernment or formation had been decisively shaped by his 27-year pontificate came to be known as “John Paul II priests.” Now Pope …

New evangelization has a Western feel

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—When Blessed John Paul II launched the project he called the new evangelization, he made it clear that it was aimed above all at reviving the ancient faith of an increasingly faithless West: “countries and nations where religion and the Christian life were formerly flourishing,” now menaced by …

Bishop Stika delivers invocation at Ryan fundraiser

Bishop Richard F. Stika delivered the invocation at a fundraiser featuring vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Sept. 27 at the Knoxville Marriott. In his prayer, Bishop Stika asked God to bless all who share in His power and authority with wisdom and to help us better understand that the …

Catholic Corner Crazies give pep to the pep squad

They are not your conventional cheer types. But then, Knoxville Catholic is not your conventional high school. And the Catholic Corner Crazies—a.k.a. the CCC—have been keeping a very unconventional tradition alive at the school. Yelling taunts, singing songs, and shouting out cheers with funny taglines, the CCC is the high …

Notre Dame, Knoxville Catholic high schools ranked among Top 50

Notre Dame and Knoxville Catholic have been named two of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country, according to the 2012-13 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition announced Thursday by The Cardinal Newman Society. The Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at …

Bishop Stika celebrates Rutledge mission’s growth

RUTLEDGE — A storefront in a commercial strip center off Rutledge Pike has been transformed into the spiritual home for the Catholic community in Grainger County. And that spiritual home, Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge, was overflowing with members on Sunday as Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated …

Mideast Christians also affected by controversial film

CAIRO (CNS) — As tear-gas bearing police battled Egyptians armed with stones in front of Cairo’s U.S. Embassy, Rashad was two neighborhoods away, making sure the few evening costumers respected the line at the Mobinil cellphone company where he works. “Is it all right to defame the Prophet, blessings be …

Pope leaves Lebanon with messages of peace, unity, religious freedom

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI concluded his three-day trip to Lebanon on Sunday, offering thanks to the Middle East country and its leaders for welcoming him with such warmth and leading the pontiff to express his wishes to return. The pope arrived in Lebanon on Friday for a …

Divine Mercy Mission’s growth plan prompts new location

Divine Mercy is a Catholic mission on the move. Since officially receiving its name and a full-time chaplain in July, the Vietnamese mission is working to establish its presence in the Diocese of Knoxville. Growth is the goal. In the three months since Father Hoan Dinh was assigned to lead …

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Lebanon ‘as a pilgrim of peace’

BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon Sept. 14, saying that he came “as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men.” In his remarks at a welcoming ceremony at Beirut’s airport, Pope Benedict praised Lebanon, with a mixed population of …