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A quick review of Pope Francis' past year

A quick review of Pope Francis' past year

VATICAN CITY — Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on “those who came before us” in an attempt “to present ourselves as ‘pure,’” said...


A quick review of Pope Francis' past year

VATICAN CITY — Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on “those who came before us” in an attempt “to present ourselves as ‘pure,’” said...

Four CRS staffers, aid workers killed

WASHINGTON — Four Catholic Relief Services staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed...

Young women urged to spend time with God

Ten women sat cross-legged in a circle enthusiastically discussing authentic relationships as part of the Diocesan High School Women’s Retreat on March 9.The Pittsburgh Religious...

Bishop David Zubik

'The problem with you Christians ...'

“The problem with you Christians is that you do not look saved.” These words were written by the 19th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was an avowed atheist...

'May I introduce you to ...'

Recently, I had the pleasure of a pastoral visit to one of our parishes, together with our seminarians from St. Paul Seminary. It’s always nice to be able to introduce the seminarians during...

Marching for life

This month of January, in the very middle of this month of January, I am traveling with thousands and thousands of southwestern Pennsylvanians and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across our...

The Light is On for You

This Tuesday, Dec. 11, when parishes across the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for confession from 6-9 p.m. during “The Light is On for You,” some Catholics will hesitate. Even...

"Where were you when ..."

There are those singular moments in our lives when we can remember where we were when some extraordinary event happened either in our lives or in the life of the world.Tenderly, husbands...


Father Bober

Church can deny Christian burial

QUESTION: I have heard there was a time when the church would not permit a funeral Mass for someone who took their own life. Is that true?QUESTION: Does the Catholic Church...

Altar, tabernacle deserve reverence

QUESTION: Isn’t the tabernacle the most important thing in any Catholic church? ANSWER: The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems, and it...

Church teaches wider vision of sacraments

QUESTION: I am an old Catholic, and I think that my grandchildren have some odd ideas about the sacraments. What is wrong with what we learned (that sacraments are “outward signs...

Penance is part of expected renewal

QUESTION: When we say the Act of Contrition, we promise to “do penance,” yet those few prayers that the priest assigns seem inadequate to make up for the sins that have been...

Welcoming vs. reverence at Mass

QUESTION: I go to Mass each weekend, but never really feel welcome. I feel that most Catholics do not make any effort to welcome people at Mass. I wonder if other people feel that way and...

Evil should not be a barrier to faith

QUESTION: My husband has not been to Mass since the Grand Jury Report was made public last summer. Not even Christmas would bring him around. I am not sure what to...

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