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Arms race fears rise with demise of nuclear treaty

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties between the United States and Russia is leading to renewed fears... More

Does God really want a diversity of religions?

Wait, what? some people were asking. During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis signed a statement titled “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living...

I heard Jesus saying to me ...

Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voicemail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month,...

Messengers of the mystery

In an informational age like our own, it is embarrassing to admit that certain questions defy explanation. The circumstances surrounding them remain a mystery to the best minds available. There...

Turn the other cheek

The answer is you, if you indulge them. The Atlantic recently published an article titled “Who Really Gets Hurt by Violent Fantasies?” We suffer the effects from something...

For sister, faith and health care go together

WASHINGTON — Sister Carol Keehan, a nurse before she became a woman religious, used to think she would spend most of her days — up to retirement — working in an emergency...

Give thanks for God's finest

Recently I ministered to a couple I knew as a child from my home parish, SS. Simon and Jude in Scott Township. They had been married for 63 years. The husband recently turned 89 years old, and his...

Missing friends

“There are places I’ll remember/All my life though some have changed./Some forever not for better/Some have gone and some remain.” That’s from “In My...

Out of the darkness

I always think of the opening line to Snoopy’s first novel in the “Peanuts” comic strip: “It was a dark and stormy night.” On Dec. 26 at 12:01 a.m. the lights...

Number of Catholics little changed in Congress

WASHINGTON — In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed...

New spokeswomen standing up for life

She has green hair and she has blue hair. They’re young, stylish, clever, and I suspect listen to bands I’ve never heard of. And they’ve given their lives to defending the...

When Roe is no more

The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy by Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired great hope among pro-life Americans that Roe v. Wade’s days could be...

Recalling all martyrs

“Atheists.” That’s what the pagan world considered Christians. With good reason. To the Christians, the pagan universe of gods and goddesses was all bunk. There was only one God.

A hopeful journey into 2019

Returning to Ordinary Time each January, after the Christmas season, can be a bit of a letdown. But January is actually full of exciting events: World Peace Day (Jan. 1), the Week of Prayer for...

The slave owner's Bible

Would you give the Bible to slaves, if you were a slave owner or a friend to slave owners? Not if you’re smart. You might honestly want to make them Christians, but you wouldn’t want...

Looking back

This is the time of year to look backward and review events. Fifty years ago, 1968 was one of the most significant and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Among the most important events...

New book details Father Tolton's story

There is an early defining moment in Joyce Duriga’s biography of Father Augustus Tolton. It’s in her preface. Father Tolton was the first native-born American of African descent...

Still haven't reached a tipping point

I recently received a survey from the Oklahoma Office of Family Support and Prevention Service as part of its project to create a new plan for child abuse prevention. As I am committed to having...

The power of sacred symbols

A golden sunrise on a frosty morn. Light refracted through a stained-glass window. Fresh wreaths forecasting the Christmas season. Symbols like these light up our religious imagination. The...

Advent tells us to up our game

“That young man,” the wise old Baptist man said, “is so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good.” He was too kind a man to roll his eyes, but he might as well...

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'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...

Faith

'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...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

F.I.R.E. NIGHT

St. John the Baptist Parish in Plum announces the first Family Intergenerational Religious Education (F.I.R.E.) night Sunday, Feb. 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Session begins...

Around the Diocese

BECOMING THE ONE

“Becoming the One and the Path to the Good Life,” will be presented by Fathers Joe Freedy and Adam Potter, using Pope St. John Paul II’s...

Around the Diocese

PARISH MISSION

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

Around the Diocese

COME TO ME

“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, FEB. 18

Life in the Spirit seminar series, 7-8:30 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Father Joe Freedy will present...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, FEB. 9

Homemade soup sale, “Soup Made Right by a Knight,” following 4 p.m. Mass, and following 9:15 a.m. and noon Mass on Sunday, Feb. 10, St. Catherine...

Calendar of Events

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

Support group meeting, Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery ministry, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Led by...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, JAN. 14

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, vocations, to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to St. Michael,...


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