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Woman counts on faith to reunite with husband

WASHINGTON — In the quest to bring her deported Mexican husband, Marcos, back to the United States to live with her and their four children, Elizabeth Perez has frequently turned to...

Damaged fruit

In his book, “Descending Fire: The Journal of a Soul Aflame,” Father Jean Petit cites St. Thérèse of Lisieux as having said that she liked “to see fruits fall before...

Starting over for Easter

We’re close to the end of Lent, and you may be feeling that you have blown whatever discipline you tried this year. Even just being kinder to people may have proved too hard because some...

Newman: A rare genius

He’s not a local saint by any means, but we still have ties to the soon-to-be-sainted Englishman John Henry Newman. The Pittsburgh Oratory has been working and praying for his canonization...

Communicate your concerns about boundary issues

Recently a friend came to me with a situation she was facing that, in her view, had no easy answer. She has never participated in a VIRTUS program, but had just attended a child protection session...

Special rules keep God's house simply beautiful

VATICAN CITY — Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of...

A journalist's best friend

Ever since Bob Lockwood died March 4, I have caught myself a few times thinking, “I’ve got to tell Bob about this.” Then I realize that I can’t, which makes me incredibly...

Choosing to change

As a Pittsburgher all 72 years of my life, change is something I seldom have welcomed with open arms. While I helped manage change during a long corporate career and through my own training...

Guardians of truth

Fifty-three journalists were killed worldwide in 2018. Some died in war, but a shocking number died exposing corruption, covering protests or just doing their job. Time magazine called them and...

How Jesus can change your mind

The church tells us to pray more during Lent, as part of her general instruction to up our game. In theory that ought to be easy, but in practice some of us struggle. Sometimes we struggle to find...

The game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the...

Father, forgive them. They know not what they do

These words of Jesus spoken from the cross defy understanding. Those he forgave mocked him, spat upon him, scourged and crucified him. How could he forgive them? Does he really expect us to do the...

Clericalism, abuse of power blamed for crisis

VATICAN CITY — The abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is a call for bishops to unmask the deep-seated clericalism that placed protection of the institution of the church above the...

The game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the...

Comforting the sick

In the hospital. That’s where I spent the greater part of a week approaching Lent 2019. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. One of those things where I brushed it off, but the spouse...

There is hope

Sometimes when we are confronted with an issue that seems obviously wrong or one that provokes clear public outrage, we wonder why it is not resolved already. That is the case for most of us when...

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,...

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The Light has risen!

My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh:

You’ve heard the expression, “The light at the end of the tunnel.”

That’s Easter.

Easter is the...

Speakers inspire men to live in joy, humility

Because Jesus opens his heart to us, Bishop David Zubik said, we can leave behind our sins, guilt and sense of worthlessness. No matter what we do, we receive the grace of forgiveness through...

Seven-church visits planned for Holy Thursday

Parishioners in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have a tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday, which is an ancient practice probably originating in Rome. Pilgrims visited seven basilicas...

Faith

The Light has risen!

My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh:

You’ve heard the expression, “The light at the end of the tunnel.”

That’s Easter.

Easter is the...

Speakers inspire men to live in joy, humility

Because Jesus opens his heart to us, Bishop David Zubik said, we can leave behind our sins, guilt and sense of worthlessness. No matter what we do, we receive the grace of forgiveness through...

Seven-church visits planned for Holy Thursday

Parishioners in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have a tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday, which is an ancient practice probably originating in Rome. Pilgrims visited seven basilicas...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

DIVINE MERCY

St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township invites Catholic community to pray the solemn novena and chaplet of Divine Mercy for nine consecutive days.

Around the diocese

TENEBRAE SERVICE

The choir of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will present a Tenebrae service of darkness Monday, April 8, at 7...

Around the diocese

OUR JOURNEY

The Catholic parishes of Carnegie, Green Tree and Scott Township will host “Our Journey with God,” presented by Maria Killian, Tuesday-Thursday, April...

Around the Diocese

SIX STEPS TO SANITY

Transfiguration and St. Victor parishes invite those dealing with the addiction of a loved one to its Six Steps to Sanity program, which meets Thursdays at 7...

Calendar

Weekly calendar

MONDAY, APRIL 15

Tenebrae service, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church of St. Juan Diego Parish, 210 Garnier St., Sharpsburg.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

Dinner and speaker,...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Memorial prayer services, 3 p.m. at following cemeteries: Calvary, 718 Hazelwood Ave., Hazelwood; Christ Our Redeemer, 204 Cemetery Lane, Pittsburgh’s...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, MARCH 31

Gorzkie Zale (Polish lamentations), 3:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 3058 Brereton St., Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill...

Calendar

SATURDAY, MARCH 23

Vendor and craft show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Peter Parish hall, 127 Franklin St., Butler. Also includes bake sale, homemade soup sale, soup and sandwich lunch...


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