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New 'Spider-Man' tells unique tale

By John MulderigCatholic News Service

NEW YORK — Snappy and substantial, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" (Columbia), director Jon Watts' follow-up to his 2017 feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming," is an adventure full of bloodless... More

New parishes and school regions probe next steps

Leaders of the diocese’s five new parishes and two new school regions are encouraged by the positive response they have received as they seek to draw people into a deeper relationship with...

Catacombs of Pittsburgh

In the early 1920s it was unlikely working-class Catholics could travel from “Dear old smoky Pittsburgh,” as Andrew Carnegie called it, and go on a religious pilgrimage to Europe or...

Diocese releases abuse-related expenses

Fulfilling promises that Bishop David Zubik made in his pastoral letter, The Church Healing, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has posted on its website, www.diopitt.org, information regarding financial...

Changes to diocesan pastoral staff

Bishop David Zubik has announced multiple changes and appointments to his staff, which are intended to enhance the focus of his administration on supporting parishes and schools in their efforts...

Bishop Zubik appoints experts in healing, finance

Bishop David Zubik has created an advisory commission to assist him in monitoring progress on a five-point action plan outlined in his March 6 pastoral letter on response to sexual abuse, The...

Four men ordained to the priesthood

A potential politician. A secondary teacher. A gifted athlete. A dental hygienist. All with diverse backgrounds but with one thing in common. They all said “yes” to...

'Toy Story 4': A touching treat

NEW YORK — Just how good are the hotshots behind “Toy Story 4” (Disney)? So good that, by the time the closing credits roll, moviegoers will likely feel more emotional connection...

Students take lead at Duquesne

Thirteen high school students from the Pittsburgh area participated June 11-15 in the Duquesne University Leadership Academy on campus in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. During the...

10-year-old in need of multi-organ transplant

As a businessman, Carlo Dozzi can be somewhat commanding. You know where he stands. But there is a softer side to him. He isn’t afraid to show emotion when he talks about the little girl who...

Parents talk about road to priesthood

It is often said that a man doesn’t make the journey to the priesthood by himself. He has been supported by many people along the way. Friends, teachers and other influences. They all play a...

Bishops' actions called a 'work in progress'

BALTIMORE — The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual. “The spring meetings are usually more pastoral, and the November meeting has...

Event to focus on visit to Honduras

The public is invited to a free presentation by Tom Webb on his international, interfaith visit in March to Honduras. The presentation is set for Thursday, June 13, from 7-9 p.m. at One Smithfield...

Sci-fi reboot will be nostalgic for adults

NEW YORK — With "Men in Black: International" (Columbia), director F. Gary Gray serves up an amusing and stylish reboot of the sci-fi comedy franchise that kicked off in 1997. While...

Four parish groupings to be realigned

Four parish groupings will be realigned into two as part of an ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness and sustainability of groupings through the On Mission for The Church Alive! revitalization...

Abuse crisis looms large at spring meeting

The following is a report of early events at the meeting of U.S. bishops. Coverage of later action will be in the June 21 issue. BALTIMORE — At the start of the June 11-13 spring...

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A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St.

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A solemn evening of prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, will take place at St. Anthony...

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Volunteers are invited to come to Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum to help create sawdust carpets for the 76th annual Corpus Christi celebration Sunday, June 23.

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Public is invited to join the Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 as they honor fathers at the third annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday,...


Put down the phone. Pray.

Sometimes you had to stop my parents’ car by pulling off the road and slamming on the brakes. It would keep accelerating until you did. You had to rev down the engine so you could drive away...

Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities

ALBANY, N.Y. — Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with...

We have an opening

Things are grim, kind of like the Pirates’ season before the winning streak. Maybe not quite Baltimore Orioles grim, 7,000 games out of first-place grim. But bad.

I mean the decline in...

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