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St. Anthony honored in parish celebration

By JOHN FRANKO Staff Writer

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,... More

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...

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?': Bring tissues

NEW YORK — First off, to answer everyone’s question about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus), the cheerful and reverent documentary about Fred Rogers, creator and...

Study backs educational kids' TV

WASHINGTON — All over-the-air TV stations are required to carry at least three hours each week of educational children’s programming — a requirement that’s under threat of...

Pope prays for volcano victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead. In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas...

Pilgrims view Civil War through Catholic lens

On Memorial Day weekend, 52 pilgrims from the Diocese of Pittsburgh boarded a bus for Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Gettysburg to remember the war dead while gaining a Catholic perspective on the...

Evangelizer recalls faith journey

MANCHESTER, England — Sherry Anne Weddell recalls the moment when she stepped “across the threshold” and entered a Catholic church for the first time. It was while she was...

Defend right to life, Pope Francis tells doctors

VATICAN CITY — Make medicine and health care more humane by protecting the life and dignity of all patients, particularly the weakest and the unborn, Pope Francis told Catholic doctors and...

Faith leaders urge action on climate change

BRAINTREE, Mass. (CNS) — Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and other faith leaders joined scientists in issuing a call to action to address the “ecological and moral emergency”...

Parish fish fry aids community

Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport continues to share the “catch” from its fish fry with the surrounding communities. For several years, the parish has donated 10 percent of the...

Extra Mile to support renamed North Side school

A Catholic grade school in Pittsburgh will receive significant assistance as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen and sustain urban Catholic schools. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year,...

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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...

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

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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...

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“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...


How to promote religious liberty

The Fortnight for Freedom, which we’ve been celebrating each year at the end of June and beginning of July, has recently been reconfigured. Beginning this year, Religious Freedom Week is to...

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For those who regularly worship at their parishes, the times of the...

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