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The solitude of retreats

By Deacon C. Matthew Hawkins

Many Catholics ask how they can deepen their prayer life and the awareness of the divine presence in everyday life. In a recent column (June 14 issue), I discussed how retreats play an important role More

Young adults learn how to blend faith, busy lives

When Evan Marone began working in Downtown Pittsburgh, a family friend who is a priest recommended that he check out the Young Catholic Professionals of Pittsburgh. Attending Wednesday noon Masses at

Msgr. John Kozar named top publisher

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Msgr. John Kozar, a Pittsburgh priest who is president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association and publisher of CNEWA’s ONE magazine, is the 2019 winner of the Ca

Ward Home joins in work of Auberle

Local social service agencies Auberle and Ward Home recently announced plans to have Ward Home join Auberle’s Catholic family as a subsidiary of Auberle, effective July 1. Ward Home’s nam

Around the Diocese

HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED 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. Paul of the Cross Pass

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Festival of praise, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Sylvester Church, 3754 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Hosted by Holy Apostles Parish, program will include Benediction, Eucharistic procession and

Father Gallitzin was a pioneer priest

QUESTION: We just visited a state park named after a “Prince Gallitzin.” Friends of ours said that the “prince” was a priest and should be a saint! What do we know about this

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 at

New 'Spider-Man' tells unique tale

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 derring-

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 Jesu

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 Canad

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 regard

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 to p

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 cost

We cannot abandon our country

QUESTION: Almost every year on the Fourth of July I re-think my patriotism. I know I feel loyalty to the values of this great country. I know I am very grateful for the freedom I cherish. I know I am

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 Church

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 God. Bishop David

Junior Achievement awards $161,000 in scholarships

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania awarded $161,000 in scholarships to 77 students from the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie, Altoona-Johnstown and Greensburg and private schools across the regio

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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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