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College students invited to apply for scholarship

College students interested in spending a week in Chimbote, Peru, to learn more about the Chimbote Foundation’s mission are eligible to apply for a $1,500 Mike Clark-WTAE TV Travel Award. Throu

Recalling all martyrs

“Atheists.” That’s what the pagan world considered Christians. With good reason. To the Christians, the pagan universe of gods and goddesses was all bunk. There was only one God. No

When Roe is no more

The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy by Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired great hope among pro-life Americans that Roe v. Wade’s days could be numbered. Endin

A hopeful journey into 2019

Returning to Ordinary Time each January, after the Christmas season, can be a bit of a letdown. But January is actually full of exciting events: World Peace Day (Jan. 1), the Week of Prayer for Chris

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JAN. 12 Scholarship and entrance exam, for students entering ninth grade in 2019-20 school year, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Ave., Natrona Heights. For information and

Homily looks to Scripture for insights

QUESTION: My question is about the content of the sermon at Mass. I wonder why priests concentrate so much on the Bible. The Bible seems to me like “old news.” I want to hear about what i

Around the Diocese

SPIRITUAL THERAPEUTIC RECOVERY St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township continues its Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry for those struggling with a loved one’s addiction. Meetin

Around the Diocese

FREE ROSARY MAKING A free rosary making workshop will be Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon-2 p.m. at the Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood. Workshop also

The slave owner's Bible

Would you give the Bible to slaves, if you were a slave owner or a friend to slave owners? Not if you’re smart. You might honestly want to make them Christians, but you wouldn’t want that

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, JAN. 1 Solemnity of Mary, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church, honoring Mary as the mother of God. Catholics are required to attend Mass. THURSDAY, JAN. 3 Dinner and speaker, 6:3

Tree of Life collection at least $222,000

A diocesan collection to raise money for the three Jewish congregations that worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood has so far raised at least $222,000, ac

Panama opens its doors to world's young people

VATICAN CITY — As World Youth Day in Panama draws near, organizers said they are prepared to make young people from around the globe feel right at home. While warm temperatures will greet thous

New book details Father Tolton's story

There is an early defining moment in Joyce Duriga’s biography of Father Augustus Tolton. It’s in her preface. Father Tolton was the first native-born American of African descent ordained

Priest placed on leave following abuse allegation

Bishop David Zubik has placed Father James Downs on administrative leave following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor that the diocese received Dec. 20. Father Downs, 74, who most recently serv

Abuse summit, trips on pope's agenda for 2019

VATICAN CITY — Many people have big expectations that Pope Francis will take major steps in 2019 to address the clerical sexual abuse crisis. He has called the presidents of the world’s b

Brother accused of sexual abuse

The Diocese of Pittsburgh recently received an allegation that Christian Brother David Trichtinger sexually abused a student at Seton LaSalle High School when he worked there as a counselor in the 19

Looking back

This is the time of year to look backward and review events. Fifty years ago, 1968 was one of the most significant and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Among the most important events were: the

'Holmes & Watson' far from elementary

NEW YORK — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective and his doctor sidekick are given a comedic makeover in "Holmes & Watson" (Columbia). A successful result, however, is far from elementar

'Spiritual life' begins with prayer

QUESTION: I often hear people talk about their “spiritual lives.” I am not sure what that means, but honestly think that I really don’t have one. I don’t feel particularly clo

Gospels written from varied perspectives

QUESTION: My concept of “Christmas” revolves around what I have read and heard all my life from the Bible. When I hear people say that “… none of that really happened in the w

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

PARISH MISSION

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

Around the Diocese

COME TO ME

“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...

Around the Diocese

SPIRITUAL THERAPEUTIC RECOVERY

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township continues its Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry for those struggling with a loved...

Around the Diocese

FREE ROSARY MAKING

A free rosary making workshop will be Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon-2 p.m. at the Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick...

Columns

Number of Catholics little changed in Congress

WASHINGTON — In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed...

New spokeswomen standing up for life

She has green hair and she has blue hair. They’re young, stylish, clever, and I suspect listen to bands I’ve never heard of. And they’ve given their lives to defending the...

When Roe is no more

The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy by Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired great hope among pro-life Americans that Roe v. Wade’s days could be...


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