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Catacombs of Pittsburgh

Catacombs of Pittsburgh

In the early 1920s it was unlikely working-class Catholics could travel from “Dear old smoky Pittsburgh,” as Andrew Carnegie called it, and go on a religious pilgrimage to Europe or...


New 'Spider-Man' tells unique tale

NEW YORK — Snappy and substantial, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" (Columbia), director Jon Watts' follow-up to his 2017 feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming," is an adventure full of bloodless...

New parishes and school regions probe next steps

Leaders of the diocese’s five new parishes and two new school regions are encouraged by the positive response they have received as they seek to draw people into a deeper relationship with...

Catacombs of Pittsburgh

In the early 1920s it was unlikely working-class Catholics could travel from “Dear old smoky Pittsburgh,” as Andrew Carnegie called it, and go on a religious pilgrimage to Europe or...

Diocese releases abuse-related expenses

Fulfilling promises that Bishop David Zubik made in his pastoral letter, The Church Healing, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has posted on its website,, information regarding financial...

Bishop David Zubik

'Easter us, O God'

“Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia, alleluia! He is risen as he said, alleluia, alleluia!”For all who are Christian, Easter is the event without equal. Easter marks our...

'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...


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Father Gallitzin was a pioneer priest

QUESTION: We just visited a state park named after a “Prince Gallitzin.” Friends of ours said that the “prince” was a priest and should be a saint! What do we know...

We cannot abandon our country

QUESTION: Almost every year on the Fourth of July I re-think my patriotism. I know I feel loyalty to the values of this great country. I know I am very grateful for the freedom I cherish. I...

Catacombs were used to bury dead

QUESTION: I have always thought that the catacombs were places where Christians hid from the Romans and where they celebrated Mass. My children, however, have been taught that the catacombs...

We respect Jesus in various ways

QUESTION: I firmly believe that respect for the body of Christ has decreased since the completion of the Second Vatican Council. I know not everyone agrees with me, but am I that...

Humanism is centered on people

QUESTION: I was with a group of neighbors and they were talking about religion. Someone asked new neighbors what religion they were. They answered that they were “humanists.” I...

Holy Spirit, instrument of forgiveness

QUESTION: What exactly is the “unforgivable sin” in St. Matthew’s Gospel, and why is it unforgivable? ANSWER: The passage referred to above is...

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