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Author offers insights into 'Little Flower's' life

We live in a culture that hungers for the extraordinary, said Dr. Susan Muto. But what we should really strive for is an appreciation for the treasures found in ordinary life. And we can find them by ...

Amid warm relations, Pope Francis to visit Egypt

VATICAN CITY — Accepting an invitation from Egypt's president and top religious leaders, Pope Francis will visit Cairo April 28-29.In response to an invitation from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sis ...

Grant paying for new digital outreach efforts

Engaging younger generations of Catholics in new ways is vital to the church. Doing so requires communicating more effectively through modern methods, especially the use of social media.A communicatio ...

'Think it. Desire it. Spread it. Act it'

Cordelia Frances Biddle said the thought still amazes her at times.“It’s an odd thing knowing that I have a saint as a relative,” she said.The author, a direct descendant of Francis ...

Lourdes added to France pilgrimage

Since 1858, pilgrims have flocked to Lourdes, France, to pray where the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in a rock cave. Pilgrims from Pittsburgh are set to follow in their footsteps in ...

World Day of Sick Mass at UPMC Mercy

Bishop William Waltersheid, auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh, celebrated the 25th Annual World Day of the Sick Mass Feb. 7 at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood.The liturgy in the Holy Famil ...

Series to shed light on annulments

Divorced Catholics and others who are interested in learning about the annulment process are welcome to attend a free workshop with Jay Conzemius, judge and moderator of the Diocesan Tribunal. He will ...

'Kong: Skull Island': An impressive monster film

NEW YORK — With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread — an emotion skillfully conveyed from the cha ...

New diocesan employees aim to reach young adults

One of the strongest messages that parishioners sent to Bishop David Zubik during consultations for On Mission for The Church Alive! was a call for the church to put a high priority on outreach to you ...

School News

St. Anthony program switches to two-classroom model

School News

St. Anthony School Programs will move to a two-classroom model at St. Thomas More School for the 2016-17 school year. The new set-up will offer a more age-appropriate setting for the progra ...

Students, educators honored nationally

School News

St. Joseph High School junior Isabelle Schroeder was one of 3,000 students from around the world to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.

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Students named 'Write Thing' winners

Catholic schools were well represented among the six overall winners in the annual “Do the Write Thing” Challenge, an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. 

The challen ...

Faith

Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

ST. ANTHONY NOVENA

The annual 13 Tuesday novena, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, is being prayed at St. Anthony Chapel, 1704 Harpster St. in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, on Tuesdays, no ...

Around the Diocese

FISH FRY

St. Mary, Cecil

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 4-7 p.m, church hall, 10 Saint Mary’s Lane. Entrees include fried fish, baked fish, crab cakes, baked salmon, seafood sampler and f ...

Around the Diocese

OPEN HOUSES

The new regional schools of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Bonaventure, both in Glenshaw, will host open houses for current Catholic school families and those considering enrolling pre- ...

Around the Diocese

FISH FRIES

St. Gabriel, Whitehall

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-7 p.m., parish hall, 5200 Greenridge Drive. Menu features baked orange roughy, hand-breaded cod, seafood cakes, shrimp, haluski, ...

Columns

Holiness: The ticket to happiness

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, born in 1931, is a South African civil rights activist and retired Anglican bishop. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid (r ...

Peace amid the mess

We come from God, and are going to God …

Lent is an opportune moment to enter into the mind and heart of Jesus at one of the most intimate, vulnerable times during his life on this earth. Everyth ...

Never too late to have a fruitful Lent

QUESTION: Every Lent, I have the best intentions but never really get off the ground. I guess it’s too late for this year, but what are some concrete, realistic ideas for a fruitful Lent?

ANSWER: ...

The least of these on the Internet

You probably didn’t see the picture, but it was a huge hit on the kind of websites where people make fun of other people. One of them is called “The people of Walmart” because some g ...


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