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With the 175th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Catholic about a month away, the newspaper is interested in featuring the thoughts of readers on our rich publishing history. What has the...


Cardinal DiNardo: Jesus walks with us

WASHINGTON (CNS) — At the last Mass of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo told hundreds of participants who were preparing to talk later to their...

'Isn't It Romantic' -- is it funny?

NEW YORK — Funny thing about recent Hollywood comedies, many of them are anything but. Whether marred by a post-"Hangover" desire to be outrageous or by actions or situations entirely...

Closures coming in southeast Washington County

After months of consultation with clergy, lay leaders and parishioners, Bishop David Zubik issued decrees to close four of the six church buildings that make up St. Katharine Drexel Parish in...

Next step coming for several groupings

Five parish groupings are set to become the first to merge into new, stronger parishes through the On Mission for The Church Alive! revitalization initiative.On Mission seeks to better...

Bishop David Zubik

'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...

The best of times, the worst of times

It’s that famous Charles Dickens’ opening line to “A Tale of Two Cities,” his novel of the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

Love is contagious

Would you be surprised to know that there are only two American-born men who have been formally beatified? They were beatified within weeks of each other last year by Pope Francis.One is...


Father Bober

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...

God's word helps form your conscience

QUESTION: I often hear people talk about what they do or don’t do and sum it up by saying, “but it is really up to my conscience.” Somehow to me that translates as...

Healings occur in a variety of ways

QUESTION: My question is about “healings.” Do they really happen today? Do these people on TV or others who say they can heal really do that? ANSWER:...

Appreciate God's goodness and love

QUESTION: Officially, what are the specific requirements to get into heaven? You see, I lead the best life I can because I am deathly afraid of hell. Call it upbringing if you like, but I...

Choose your Bible version wisely

QUESTION: During Christmas vacation, we visited friends who are no longer Catholic. Our children began to read from the Bible found in our friend’s home. I told them not to read it...

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