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Pro-lifers react to Planned Parenthood firing

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Following the news Dr. Leana Wen was fired by Planned Parenthood as its president, several pro-life leaders remarked that the organization was upset the physician had emphasi More

God does not will evil on us

QUESTION: Often in my life I have observed terrible things happening to me and those I love, and find myself asking, “Why would God do that?” What is the answer?   ANSWER: The questi

Bishop: Governor's actions set off a 'time bomb'

VATICAN CITY — The president of the Puerto Rican bishops’ conference said the actions of Gov. Ricardo Rossello and his administration were the final straw for residents of the U.S. common

Maccabees details nearness of God

QUESTION: At work, I got into a discussion with a non-Catholic friend. I mentioned the lessons found in the Book of Maccabees. I know he reads the Bible, but said he never heard of the Maccabees. Wha

Driving under the influence of Jesus

There is a very powerful prayer from the 14th century called the Anima Christi, which means “the soul of Christ.” The prayer is still widely used today, usually after people receive the b

Grant to fund leadership training

As a cradle Catholic, Mike Sealy thought he understood what it meant to have a personal relationship with Jesus. That was before ChristLife came to his parish. “It was a life-changing experienc

Staff told about financial realities

On July 15 and 16, Bishop David Zubik and senior diocesan staff members held meetings for all clergy and diocesan employees about financial challenges facing the diocese and its 170 parishes. As he s

Religious sister shares stories from the border

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — If Sister Norma Pimentel has said it once, she has said it dozens of times: She is “a U.S. citizen by chance.” Born in Texas, where her parents were waiting for an

Speakers urge fair response on immigration

St. Joseph Sister Janice Vanderneck said the empowerment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to round up undocumented immigrants can cause tremendous terror in communities. “Our people

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ST. PEREGRINE A novena in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, will be prayed Tuesdays for nine consecutive weeks, starting July 30, at Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport. Novena

Screenings of pro-life film set

The documentary film “40 Days for Life,” which shows the growth and impact of the pro-life movement through 40 Days for Life campaigns, will be shown four times in Pittsburgh July 27-31.

New 'Lion King' means no worries for families

NEW YORK — Advances in moviemaking technology allow a story that could only previously be told as a cartoon to be enacted, so to speak, by animals. And so we get “The Lion King” (Di

We honor Mary's role in salvation history

QUESTION: Recently one of the intercessions at Mass was for “a growth in authentic devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” I would like to know what “authentic” devotion is? 

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Screening, “40 Days for Life,” with Croatian film producer and director Ante Caljkusic, following 5 p.m. Mass, St. Nicholas Parish, 24 Maryland Ave., Millvale. Free and

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UNDER THE LIGHTS Young adults are invited to a barbecue and talk, “Under the Lights,” Thursday, July 25, from 6:30-9 p.m. at Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville. Derya Little will present &#

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Women’s 25-cent clothing sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Aloysius Parish, 3610 Mount Troy Road, Reserve Township. All women’s clothing is a quarter, or $1 for five items. No fo

Music festival to benefit Autism Society

Ron Esser doesn’t consider those afflicted with autism to have a disability. They are just differently abled. “They’re much more gifted in a lot of ways,” he said. Esser, owne

St. Sylvester School in Brentwood to close

In light of rapidly declining enrollment and in response to a request from Father Steve Kresak, administrator of the grouping in which St. Sylvester Parish and School are located, Bishop David Zubik

'Dad-vocate' with powerful message

CHARLESTON, S.C. — While most of the country was winding down from its Independence Day festivities, another type of celebration was underway at the National Right to Life Convention July 5-6 i

'Crawl' is a frightening thriller

NEW YORK — What Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" did for sharks, director Alexandre Aja's deliberately claustrophobic chiller "Crawl" (Paramount) sets out to do for alligators. The result involves som

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Around the Diocese


Seniors are invited to a “Summer Wind Down Party,” on Monday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Elizabeth Seton Center, 1900 Pioneer Ave. in...

Around the Diocese


Young adults are invited to a Theology on Tap gathering at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at McFadden’s, 211 North Shore Drive on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Around the Diocese


Knights of Columbus Council 14696 announces a raffle for two tickets to all eight 2019 regular-season Pittsburgh Steelers home football games. Tickets are $10...

Around the Diocese


A novena in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, will be prayed Tuesdays for nine consecutive weeks, starting July 30, at Corpus Christi...


'Every day is a chance to start a new chapter'

A year ago, I sat on my couch, watched the news of the grand jury report, and sobbed. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and my heart ached for the victims, their families, the clergy,...

It's all part of the package

Fellow Pittsburgher Ronald Donatelli wants to tell his evangelical Protestant friends that Catholics are much worse than they think. He shared a “gotcha” post on Facebook. It’s...

Learning to trust in providence

For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States.

Our sesquicentennial year will...

Exploring how faith groups can combat hate

WASHINGTON — Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers came face to face with hate and escaped its wrath Oct. 27, 2018, when it walked into the most unlikely of places: through the doors of his house of...

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