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Keeping the faith despite difficulties

By Bob De Witt Correspondent

Ann Shoplik was frustrated. She had just read another negative newspaper article, titled “Catholic Church in crisis: Series of scandals threatens credibility.” Shoplik decided to... More

Program to feature legendary jazz artist

Renowned jazz instrumentalist and composer Mary Lou Williams will be the focus of a concert and panel discussion on “The Sacred Music of Mary Lou Williams” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec.

'Beautiful Boy' touts realistic storyline

NEW YORK — What "Beautiful Boy" (Amazon) captures best about the raw pain of drug dependency is the sheer randomness of it. Addiction is not only not a moral failing, it happens in...

'Sand Nativity' set for Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the...

6 new seminarians explore priesthood

There are six new seminarians for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, bringing the total number of students studying for the diocesan priesthood to 32. They all took part in a recent workshop to...

Message of hope offered at St. Anthony dinner

Edward Barbanell didn’t speak until he was 4 years old, but while his life began not with expectations but with limitations, he has come to inspire others. “I never accepted...

New 'Nutcracker' is charming on the surface

NEW YORK — German author E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” has proven a remarkably rich bit of source material since its initial publication in...

Bishop Zubik to host listening sessions

Bishop David Zubik will host four listening sessions in late November and early December, and is asking parishioners and others to attend to express their thoughts and concerns, and to offer...

Women rooted in prayer

Nearly 1,000 women representing six states and every vocation gathered to delve into the bursting abundance of God’s love and rise to become great women of faith at “Overflow: Live in...

Delegates 'share the journey' with refugees

VATICAN CITY — Honduran Bishop Jose Antonio Canales of Danli said that, given what is going on in his country and throughout Central America, he had to walk in the “Share the...

'Blessed by your generosity'

With all that has been going on in the diocese, it was only natural that there would be questions about how it would affect attendance at the 53rd Annual Peru Mission Dinner. Dr. Patrick...

Parishes sharing ministry resources

Sarah Vignere knows the Catholic faith, but she hadn’t been very involved in teaching it to her two children. Thanks to a new partnership among four parishes and with support from her...

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Polishfest 2018 will be Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Festival is a...

Around the Diocese



St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

Around the Diocese


The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

Around the Diocese


Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...


Vehicles for prayer

Years ago on retreat we were asked in a prayer service of thanksgiving to place one or several articles which were special to us in front of the altar, as symbols of our giving thanks to God. I...

At border, groups worry about tension, violence

WASHINGTON — In late October, the Trump administration announced plans to send more than 5,000 troops to the southern border ahead of a group of migrants from Central America heading...

Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

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