Sainthood for Marianne Cope touches Diocese of Knoxville family

Daniel Koob is excited about witnessing the Oct. 21 canonization ceremony at the Vatican where Blessed Marianne Cope and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will become saints. But for Mr. Koob, a parishioner at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland, his attendance at the holy ceremony will be much more than …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Lebanon, Middle East prepare for Pope’s pastoral journey

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As he begins a pastoral journey to the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI is launching an appeal to all Christians in the region to respond to social and political tensions and insecurity by being hopeful, active builders of peace and reconciliation. At the end of his …