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Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to attend Knoxville Cathedral dedication Mass

KNOXVILLE - A witness to some of the most dramatic moments in the history of the Catholic Church in the 20th century is coming to the Diocese of Knoxville, both as a celebrant and a speaker.

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a longtime Vatican official and the loyal secretary and friend to Pope St. John Paul II, has accepted an invitation to concelebrate the Dedication Mass for the Diocese of Knoxville’s new Cathedral of the…

The history of the Assumption – and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

The history of the Assumption – and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.

“As her earthly life comes to an end, the Assumption helps us to understand more fully not just her life,…

Senate committee considers Callista Gingrich nomination as Vatican ambassador

Senate committee considers Callista Gingrich nomination as Vatican ambassador

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Callista Gingrich, nominated by President Donald Trump as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, laid out her priorities Tuesday at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Grilled on issues such as immigration, climate change, relations with Cuba and terrorism, Gingrich insisted that Trump has not cut discussion on the climate change and refugee debates, and voiced her commitment to fight human trafficking and promote human rights and religious freedom.

During the July…

How should a Catholic bishop tweet?

How should a Catholic bishop tweet?

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

The Catholic Church may be thousands of years old, but its bishops are rapidly adjusting to the demands of 21st-century communication.

If the Church is to effectively evangelize in the modern world, a group of bishops argue, its leaders must be engaged online – but in the right way.

What's most important is for Catholics engaging online, particularly priests and bishops, is to be sure to bring Christ with them online, said Bishop Daniel Flores of…

Florist takes religious liberty case to US Supreme Court

Florist takes religious liberty case to US Supreme Court

By CNA/EWTN News

Flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect her from a Washington state court ruling that could destroy her financially because of her religious beliefs prevented her from serving a same-sex wedding ceremony.

“If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish anyone else for expressing their belief,” said Stutzman’s attorney Kristen Waggoner, a senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom legal group.

New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim

New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim

By CNA/EWTN News

New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted.

Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth,” said Elvio Carlino, a researcher at the Institute of Crystallography.

These particles, called “nanoparticles,” had a “peculiar structure, size and distribution,”…

Peter and Paul are the columns on whom the Church rests, Pope recalls

Peter and Paul are the columns on whom the Church rests, Pope recalls

By CNA/EWTN News

Saints Peter and Paul are pillars of the Church and a reminder that God is with us always, Pope Francis said Thursday in St. Peter's Square.

“The Fathers of the Church liked to compare the holy apostles Peter and Paul to two columns, on which the visible building of the Church rests. Both sealed with their own blood their testimony to Christ of preaching and service to the nascent Christian community,” he stated during his June 29…

St Anthony of Padua considered ‘all the world as his home’

St Anthony of Padua considered ‘all the world as his home’

By Simone Baroncia, CNA/EWTN News

As the Church celebrates St. Anthony of Padua, his widespread popularity can be traced to his efforts at reaching out as a neighbor to all peoples, according to the rector of the basilica where the saint's body rests.

“The devotion to the Saint of the Peoples is truly universal perhaps because he himself desired to consider all the world his as his home,” Father Oliviero Svanera, rector of the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, told…

Bishops pray for Catholic Congressman shot at baseball practice

Bishops pray for Catholic Congressman shot at baseball practice

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was among multiple persons shot in an incident at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday morning.

Scalise, a Catholic, was shot at the hip and was transported to surgery. He is reportedly in stable condition.

“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” Scalise’s office said in a statement. “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S.…

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