Vatican II liturgical reform 'irreversible,' pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis sai More

Make Advent a game changer

Advent comes and goes nearly unnoticed. The only thing worth recognition between Halloween and Christmas is Thanksgiving, and even that has started to take a back seat as major stores start “de

Pope advocates family meal time

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is “hardly a family,” Pope Francis said. “When child

10 tips for parents

Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver offered these 10 tips for parents to pass on the faith: 1. Be present to children: A real presence, not a virtual one that involves checking up by phone or t

Guidance and inspiration for the faith journey

Book Review “On a Mission: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales,” by Patrick Madrid. Servant Books (http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org; 888-322-6657), 2013. 138 pages. $15.99. Do you know so

Are you prepared to defend the faith?

I’m a history buff. So when people speak of “defending the faith” my mind conjures up images from long ago: the medieval crusader with his sword drawn â ¦


St. Anthony honored in parish celebration

Celebrations honoring St. Anthony of Padua have a rich tradition in the church. It is a commemoration that Father Joseph Luisi, pastor of North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville/Pitcairn,...

Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood cause of four candidates, including a widowed mother of nine from Mexico, who founded groups for laypeople as well as...

Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father's collection of thousands of Syriac...


Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria for “Connect Night,” a...

Around the DIocese


St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will host a vacation Bible school titled “The Vatican Express” for...

Around the Diocese


Listening Friends Grief and Loss Support Group will begin its summer program with viewing of the 20-minute DVD, “Tear Soup: Grieving the Loss of a Loved...

Around the DIocese


“Renewing Our Baptismal Calling” is the theme of the next Festival of Praise on Saturday, June 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great...


Weekly Calendar of Events


Monthly breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., cafeteria of St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Menu features pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs. Sponsored...

Weekly Calendar


Divine Mercy holy hour, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy chaplet and...

Weekly Calendar and Adoration Schedule


“Summer Nights,” campus visits for prospective students, 5-7 p.m., Fisher multipurpose room in Wright Library, La Roche College in McCandless...

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Parish mission, “Surge of the Heart,” through Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Corpus Christi Parish, 2515 Versailles Ave., McKeesport. Led by Jon...

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