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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... More

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...

Family of 10 still a model of faith, fidelity

When Eleanor and David Devlin looked at their family photo and story that appeared on the front page of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper 40 years ago it reminded them of how busy they were...

Pope: Devil targets those who despair

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sometimes Christians seem to prefer complaining and being unhappy in life, but that makes them a perfect target for the devil, Pope Francis said in a morning...

Candlelight pro-life vigil planned for April 14

A candlelight/balloon light vigil is set for Sunday, April 14, from 6-7 p.m. outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 933 Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. The vigil is one of more than 125...

College campus ministries make disciples

They come from different generations, but Zach Temple and Father Terry O’Connor share a common bond. Both decided to enter the Catholic Church while they were 19-year-old college...

Priest placed on leave due to allegation

Bishop David Zubik has placed Father Thomas Wilson on administrative leave following an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a minor that did not involve sexual contact. Father Wilson,...

Spread mercy, build fraternity, pope urges

RABAT, Morocco — Celebrating Mass with members of Morocco’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis praised them for the many ways they “bear witness to the Gospel of mercy in this...

Holy Name Society honors members

We live in a world that has little regard for God and things that are sacred, said Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid. But by invoking the name of Jesus, we fight evil and pave the way for the...

La Roche's name changes

La Roche College is now La Roche University. Divine Providence Sister Candace Introcaso, La Roche’s president, recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education...

Pirates pitcher leads off with faith and family

Baseball fans see Trevor Williams as a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher with a great location on his fastball and a set of offspeed pitches to keep hitters guessing. Trevor Williams sees...

USS Laboon delegation visits namesake's family

The late Jesuit Father John Francis Laboon Jr. is a larger-than-life figure to the men and women who serve on the ship that bears his name, but to Mercy Sister Joan Laboon, he was the big brother...

Lights will be on for you April 10

“The Light is On for You,” a twice-yearly drive to offer the sacrament of reconciliation one night at every parish in the diocese, is planned for Wednesday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m.

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Around the Diocese


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


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


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


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...


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...

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