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FRIDAY, MAY 3 Eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Alexis Parish, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford. All-night Eucharistic adoration, 8 p.m. through 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 4, SS. John More

'Avengers' could be biggest movie of the year

NEW YORK — Aficionados of the Marvel Comics universe are likely to be thrilled by the sweeping epic "Avengers: Endgame" (Disney). Even moviegoers less committed to that imaginary realm can hard

Easter flames dispel the darkness

QUESTION: I attended the Easter Vigil at my parish and thought that it was beautiful. But I could not help but wonder about the purpose of the fire at the very beginning. ANSWER: The celebration of t

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SPRING FLING A spring fling will be at Mount Assisi Convent, 1515 Quall Ave. in Bellevue, on Sunday, April 28, from noon-5 p.m. Event includes raffles, homemade baked goods sale, plant sale, games fo

Formation academy marks 40th year

When Dr. Susan Muto met Dutch Spiritan Father Adrian van Kaam, a Duquesne University psychology professor, in 1966, she already had a career path set before her. She was working as the society editor

Pilate was one of the bad guys

The Romans were in it up to their eyeballs. We tend to forget that. Two groups had Jesus executed: the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman political rulers. Most Christian preaching through histor

Spam warning for parishes

A number of diocesan employees and parishioners recently have received e-mails or text messages pretending to come from clergy or diocesan staff, asking for gift cards, personal information or a repl

Easter Vigil, keystone of Catholic life

QUESTION: As Easter approaches, I see lots of signs at Protestant churches inviting people to join them for an Easter sunrise service. I don’t see that at Catholic churches. We seem to encourag

Parishes put faith into action

Volunteers described it as a joyful, uplifting Lenten project that fed the hungry, put their faith into action and brought them closer together — all in one morning. More than 200 members of th

Disney's 'Penguins' is a winning documentary

NEW YORK — At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin the filmmakers dub "Steve" and an introduction to his species as a whole, "Penguins" (Disneynature) is a winning documentary

Bishop David Zubik on Easter bombing in Sri Lanka

My heart, the hearts of all Christians, and of all compassionate people are grieving over the terrorist attack on Catholics and others this Easter in Sri Lanka. As we pray for the dead and wounded, a

New document addresses challenges of evangelizing

VATICAN CITY — While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelization and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people

'Easter us, O God'

“Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia, alleluia! He is risen as he said, alleluia, alleluia!” For all who are Christian, Easter is the event without equal. Easter marks our salvation! Easter

Seven-church visits planned for Holy Thursday

Parishioners in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have a tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday, which is an ancient practice probably originating in Rome. Pilgrims visited seven basilicas as

Speakers inspire men to live in joy, humility

Because Jesus opens his heart to us, Bishop David Zubik said, we can leave behind our sins, guilt and sense of worthlessness. No matter what we do, we receive the grace of forgiveness through th

The Light has risen!

My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh: You’ve heard the expression, “The light at the end of the tunnel.” That’s Easter. Easter is the light that leads us f

Family of 10 still a model of faith, fidelity

When Eleanor and David Devlin looked at their family photo and story that appeared on the front page of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper 40 years ago it reminded them of how busy they were raising e

Pope: Devil targets those who despair

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sometimes Christians seem to prefer complaining and being unhappy in life, but that makes them a perfect target for the devil, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “

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Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24,...

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Tickets are on sale for the annual Catholic school picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Tuesday,...



The Christian Mothers and Women's Guild of Holy Apostles Parish will host a Star Wars bingo on Saturday, May 4 in the parish's St. Basil church hall located in Pittsburgh's...

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The Car Society Club of La Roche University invites the public to its inaugural car show Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the...


Refugees lobby for federal program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is one of the best of humanitarian efforts helping vulnerable people in the world and it should be praised as a success story, not...

Making friends with scientists

“We should take a much humbler approach to knowledge,” the world famous physicist told Scientific American magazine. The “we” in that sentence is Marcelo Gleiser’s...

Mary, our model for a richer humanity

The events of Mary’s life reveal themselves each time we pray the rosary, but have we meditated on them in relation to our everyday experience? It is not enough that we prove our devotion to...

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