Bond of Brothers

Meetings between Pope Francis, Bishop Stika during ad limina visit yield a friendly exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and humor By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika went to the Vatican in early December bearing good news about the Diocese of Knoxville, and despite a schedule that can best be …

Bishop Stika represents diocese on papal ad limina visit

Pope Francis receives bishops of Southeast provinces for decennial meeting in Vatican By Jim Wogan The last time Bishop Richard F. Stika visited the Vatican, he carried a 20-pound slab of polished Tennessee marble with him. Even the bishop admits it was a bit cumbersome. The stone, which was blessed …

Upon this Rock

Pope Francis blesses dedication stone for new Sacred Heart Cathedral and prays for Church’s foundation in East Tennessee. By Bill Brewer The Church’s building blocks come in all shapes and sizes. One in particular made its way from a Tennessee Valley marble seam to Rome, where Pope Francis blessed it …

The Francis Effect

Diocese of Knoxville sees pope’s U.S. impact firsthand By Jim Wogan The images will last for decades. But Catholics around the world and within the Diocese of Knoxville are praying the real impact of Pope Francis’ six-day visit to the United States goes beyond that. Starting with his arrival from …

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 …

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who …

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for 6 million during Philippine trip

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis told a crowd of an estimated 6 million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family “against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.” The pope’s homily at …

Pope Francis may add New York, Washington, D.C., to U.S. visit

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican secretary of state said he expects Pope Francis to visit New York City and Washington, D.C., during his September trip to the United States. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who as secretary of state is considered the highest Vatican official under the pope, spoke to reporters Jan. …

Pope Francis uses newly simplified rite to canonize six saints

VATICAN CITY — Using a newly simplified rite, Pope Francis proclaimed six new saints and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy. Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints Nov. 23, the feast …

Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Rigali as special envoy

By Jim Wogan Cardinal Justin F. Rigali will represent Pope Francis as his special envoy at a celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis. “It is a great honor to be the personal representative of Pope Francis,” Cardinal Rigali said. It brings me …

Pope Francis to beatify Pope Paul VI at synod on the family

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Pope Francis signed a decree May 9 recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul, who led …

God is always present with those who suffer, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The fragility of human life is part of its beauty and is something people only really learn by being close to, sharing with and caring for those who are suffering, Pope Francis said. “Even in suffering, no one is ever alone because God — in his …