Archbishop Kurtz requests prayers for cancer treatment

Catholic News Service Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville said he has been diagnosed with bladder and prostate cancer and will undergo an extended treatment plan. The archbishop made the announcement July 10 in an online post published by The Record, the archdiocesan newspaper. Archbishop Kurtz, 72, said he had …

A Temple of Your Glory

Dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is historic day in the life of the Church in East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams Photos by Stephanie Richer Photography, Deacon Patrick Murphy-Racey, and Stephen Golder What a day for the Diocese of Knoxville. In a ceremony 30 years …

Pope speaks as a pastor in call to protect earth, USCCB president says

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Francis speaks with a pastor’s voice and with deep respect for science in calling the world to address threats to all life on earth through environmental degradation and a the mindset of a “throwaway culture” in his encyclical, the president of …

Archbishop Kurtz named to Vatican congregation

By Marnie McAllister Record Assistant Editor With an announcement made by the Vatican Feb. 19, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz made history for the Archdiocese of Louisville. He is the first, or possibly the second, leader of the archdiocese to serve as a member of a Vatican congregation. Pope Francis appointed …

USCCB asks President Obama for exemption from fines over compliance with ACA law

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from fines related to health insurance requirements while legal challenges work their way through the courts. “The administration’s flexibility in implementing the (Affordable Care Act) has not …

Archbishop Kurtz elected USCCB president

Diocese of Knoxville’s second bishop succeeds Cardinal Dolan BALTIMORE — The newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a bishop for nearly 14 years, but it’s as a priest, family member and social worker that he describes himself. By way of introduction to American Catholics, …

Archbishop Kurtz named president of bishops conference

The Diocese of Knoxville’s second bishop has been elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Former bishop Joseph E. Kurtz was elected to the high-ranking Church leadership post on Nov. 12 on the first ballot with 125 votes and will serve a three-year term that begins at the …

Knox legal professionals unveil portrait of Archbishop Kurtz

Members of the legal profession who made contributions toward the cost of a portrait of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz met the artist Aug. 14 during a showing of the artwork. Brad Coriell painted a portrait of the archbishop that now hangs in the Blessed John Paul II Room at the …

Archbishop Kurtz among U.S. religious leaders signing MLK jail letter response

WASHINGTON—Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took a group of white Alabama clergymen to task for suggesting he find ways, other than demonstrations and protests, to seek racial equality. The civil rights leader did not mince words telling the group that included Protestant pastors, a rabbi and …

Archbishop Kurtz takes active role at synod

The Record and Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — To evangelize means to help people understand that God himself has responded to their questions, and that his response — the gift of salvation in Jesus Christ — is available to them as well, Pope Benedict XVI said. “Our role in …

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 …