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English monks switch gears to support abbey

COALVILLE, England — Cistercian monks have opened the first Trappist brewery in England and are selling thousands of bottles of beer every day. The monks at Mount St. Bernard Abbey in...

Pope: Grace comes in surprising ways

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God does not conform to people’s expectations, and he often presents himself and his graces in surprising ways, Pope Francis said. “God does not...

Central Catholic wins KDKA's "Hometown High-Q"

The quiz bowl team at Central Catholic High School won the KDKA-TV “Hometown High-Q” championship July 7, defeating reigning champions Winchester Thurston. The team, which is...

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is new Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once...

Farmers' Market is a ministry for Sewickley

Deacon Bob Jancart stands out at the St. James Farmers’ Market in Sewickley. It isn’t because of his prominent beard, it’s the way he engages himself with the farmers and...

'Humanae Vitae' shows the beauty of family

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The church’s teaching on artificial contraception and the role of procreation in marriage isn’t about difficult-to-follow rules in the eyes of Alice Heinzen, a...

Ministry helps keep sisters down to earth

Walk the grounds of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden and you will find an oasis of greenery that relaxes the soul and provides an instant measure of peace. The more than 80 acres give testament...

Pope Francis calls torture a mortal sin

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Calling torture a “mortal sin,” Pope Francis called on Christians to help victims of this crime against human rights. Marking the United Nations’...

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Early registration is now open for the second annual Catholic Women’s Fellowship Conference, “Overflow: Live in the Abundance of...

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St. Joseph Parish in Cabot will host Father William Kiel for a Mass, followed by prayers and blessings for healing, Thursday, July 19, at 7...

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The ChristLife Spirit Refill team of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrrysville invites the public to pray the rosary on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. in the...

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A summer reading group will meet every Monday for six weeks, starting July 2, at St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood...


Priest examines writing of 'Humanae Vitae'

VATICAN CITY — Documents in the Vatican Secret Archives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prove it was a “myth” that Blessed Paul VI largely set...

Dignity is made real in weakness

One of the bedrock principles of Catholic social teaching is the transcendent and sacrosanct dignity of the human person. Each and every human being, regardless of age, race, sex or ability, is...

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This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive!

Catholic school closings are very emotional occurrences. Having been through one some years ago, I can attest...

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