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Franciscan custos calls attention to Mideast Christians

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Some Christians would consider it a blessing to live in the land where Jesus Christ was born and lived. But for some Christians who live with the daily reality and not the romantic More

'Ralph' sequel promotes loyalty and forgiveness

NEW YORK — The burly demolition specialist who lent his name to 2012's "Wreck-It Ralph" returns to the big screen in the sweet animated follow-up "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (Disney). So too do

Walking as an Advent discipline

One proof of Christian discipleship resides in our commitment to be countercultural. The four weeks of Advent provide a marvelous opportunity to practice a spiritual discipline, represented in many f

When you love an addict

Think of parents whose daughter or son is an opioid addict. They remember their beloved child when she or he was a fine student, involved in charitable activities, and above all was a good and kind y

Chesterton on gratitude

Our hostess for the weekend told our children to stop saying “Thank you.” She sounded annoyed. “You can say it when you leave,” she said, “but not while you’re her

Thanksgiving wisdom from my father

My father, Ted Kondrich, passed away Feb. 6 of this year. The pain of his passing is still raw, but my family and I take great solace and joy in the fact that he is now with our risen Lord, and that

WELCOME MASS The public is invited to a Mass to welcome the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus to the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The liturgy is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Chu

Parish Share gifts support the faithful

When he asks his parishioners to support Parish Share, Father John Rushofsky starts from the premise that many Catholics don’t understand how the campaign helps their own parish. Throughout his

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Angela Merici Parish hall, 1640 Fawcett Ave., White Oak. Sponsored by White Oak Lions, cost is $7 per adult, $3 for children. Christmas cookie s

Keep Christ at the center of your world

QUESTION: In general, I understand the seasons of the church year, but Advent has always been confusing to me. I am not sure what we are supposed to be doing or what it really means. It is compressed

Around the Diocese

ST. NICHOLAS STORYTIME This month’s “Perfect for Preschoolers Storytime” at East Catholic School, 2001 Ardmore Blvd in Forest Hills, is about St. Nicholas. This free story, rhyme, s

Many Arab Christians exist today

QUESTION: I always thought that all Arabs were Muslims, that Arabs and Muslims meant the same thing. But I have been told that there are lots of Christian Arabs. Is this correct? ANSWER: Of the many

Bishop Zubik leads annual Auberle meeting

Bishop David Zubik celebrated a successful year for Auberle with staff and community members Nov. 6. Auberle’s annual meeting on its main campus in McKeesport included the debut of the agency&#

Experts weigh in on abuse scandal

The scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report of child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and resulting media coverage have inaccurately portrayed that church leaders knew about rampant abuse yet turned a

Rowling spinoff sharper, more engaging

NEW YORK — For a film about magic, 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was strangely lacking in enchantment. So it’s welcome news that the follow-up, “

Sainthood, finally, after more than 50 years

Among the saints who were canonized during a major celebration in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 14 was a young man who was the focus of intensely faithful devotions in Pittsburgh for more than 50 yea

When hate comes to your neighborhood

I grew up Jewish. Not really, but it seemed that way. At least to a kid, Catholic and Jewish life in the old North Yonkers, New York, back in the 1950s and early ‘60s were part of each other. T

Safe adults: What to say and do

Children need safe adults. Safe adults are ones who are looking out for the child’s best interests and upholding the child’s rights and boundaries. They consistently honor the parentsR

Church offers insights into God's mind

QUESTION: I get the feeling that the Catholic Church is way too concerned about sex. Why does the church talk about it so much? Even more importantly, why does the Catholic Church think it has the ri

Supporting vocations in a time of uncertainty

Discerning a vocation has never been a precise science or an easy task. Often discernment brings with it doubt, fear, anxiety, worry and apprehension about what such a commitment will entail. In ligh

Keeping the faith despite difficulties

Ann Shoplik was frustrated. She had just read another negative newspaper article, titled “Catholic Church in crisis: Series of scandals threatens credibility.” Shoplik decided to write a

Program to feature legendary jazz artist

Renowned jazz instrumentalist and composer Mary Lou Williams will be the focus of a concert and panel discussion on “The Sacred Music of Mary Lou Williams” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The

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“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


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

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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...

Around the Diocese


Below are additions to Christmas Eve and Christmas day Mass times:

St. Mary of the Mount,

Mount Washington

CE: 4 p.m.


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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