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College campus ministries make disciples

They come from different generations, but Zach Temple and Father Terry O’Connor share a common bond. Both decided to enter the Catholic Church while they were 19-year-old college students. Fath

Woman counts on faith to reunite with husband

WASHINGTON — In the quest to bring her deported Mexican husband, Marcos, back to the United States to live with her and their four children, Elizabeth Perez has frequently turned to prayer. Not

Damaged fruit

In his book, “Descending Fire: The Journal of a Soul Aflame,” Father Jean Petit cites St. Thérèse of Lisieux as having said that she liked “to see fruits fall before they

Around the Diocese

DIVINE MERCY • St. Sebastian Parish in Ross Township invites Catholic community to pray the solemn novena and chaplet of Divine Mercy for nine consecutive days. Novena will be prayed at parish

Weekly calendar

MONDAY, APRIL 15 Tenebrae service, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary Church of St. Juan Diego Parish, 210 Garnier St., Sharpsburg. TUESDAY, APRIL 16 Dinner and speaker, 6:30 p.m., St. Barbara Parish, 45 Prestley R

Palm Sunday 'crowd' explained

QUESTION: In the Passion narratives, we are told that the whole city of Jerusalem came out to greet Jesus. Then how is it that five days later they were all shouting to crucify him?   ANSWER: Fr

Priest placed on leave due to allegation

Bishop David Zubik has placed Father Thomas Wilson on administrative leave following an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a minor that did not involve sexual contact. Father Wilson, 74, who h

Spread mercy, build fraternity, pope urges

RABAT, Morocco — Celebrating Mass with members of Morocco’s tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis praised them for the many ways they “bear witness to the Gospel of mercy in this la

Starting over for Easter

We’re close to the end of Lent, and you may be feeling that you have blown whatever discipline you tried this year. Even just being kinder to people may have proved too hard because some people

Mormons differ in Christian beliefs

QUESTION: I read that the Mormons recently dedicated a new temple in Rome. The articles that commented on it said that this dedication was a sign that “… Catholics and Mormons were gettin

Holy Name Society honors members

We live in a world that has little regard for God and things that are sacred, said Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid. But by invoking the name of Jesus, we fight evil and pave the way for the glor

La Roche's name changes

La Roche College is now La Roche University. Divine Providence Sister Candace Introcaso, La Roche’s president, recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Education authorized the ch

Pirates pitcher leads off with faith and family

Baseball fans see Trevor Williams as a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher with a great location on his fastball and a set of offspeed pitches to keep hitters guessing. Trevor Williams sees himself

Around the diocese

TENEBRAE SERVICE The choir of Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will present a Tenebrae service of darkness Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in church. Servic

USS Laboon delegation visits namesake's family

The late Jesuit Father John Francis Laboon Jr. is a larger-than-life figure to the men and women who serve on the ship that bears his name, but to Mercy Sister Joan Laboon, he was the big brother who

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Memorial prayer services, 3 p.m. at following cemeteries: Calvary, 718 Hazelwood Ave., Hazelwood; Christ Our Redeemer, 204 Cemetery Lane, Pittsburgh’s North Side; Queen of Heave

Lights will be on for you April 10

“The Light is On for You,” a twice-yearly drive to offer the sacrament of reconciliation one night at every parish in the diocese, is planned for Wednesday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m. (thoug

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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,...

Around the diocese


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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