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The hard grace of being a Catholic journalist

By Greg Erlandson Catholic News Service

“Are you still working for that evil organization?” sneers one person. “Why aren’t you defending the bishops more strongly?” chides another. Welcome to the world of Cath More

'A Star is Born' fades into a repetitive formula

NEW YORK — The third remake of that sturdy warhorse "A Star Is Born" (Warner Bros.) pays occasional homage to its forebears, particularly the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason,

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STORIES OF MIGRATION Carlow University Art Gallery has opened an exhibit, “Out of Many — Stories of Migration,” which features photographs from local photographers that tell stories

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, OCT. 7 Blessing of pets, Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood. Solemn evening prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic o

Bishop Zubik's statement on compensation fund

As a bishop and as a Christian, I am committed to finding new ways to offer compassion and support for all victims of child sexual abuse, and to ensure they have a voice. The additional spiritual pai

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 All-you-can-eat harvest brunch, with Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 1000 Avila Court, Perrysville. Hosted by parish’s

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NOVENA The novena to St. Theresa began Thursday, Sept. 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Upcoming Mass and novena schedule: Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.

Jesus' M.O.: Hope and healing

As our days get shorter and our liturgical year draws to a close, our readings focus on judgment and the kingdom of God. We will all have much to answer for. Perhaps the greatest and saddest scandal

We're in awe at God's loving deeds

QUESTION: I hear people talk about “fearing” God. If God is such a loving God, why should we be afraid?   ANSWER: In our human history, when people experienced something they could n

Why we worship idols

He calls it “the default mode of human thinking.” It’s the way we think when something doesn’t make us think better. That mode, says writer Scott Shay, is what the Bible calls

Stephen Ministers help those who are hurting

Onome Omabele believes that if you love God and you want to serve him, you must reflect it in your love of others. The Stephen Ministry gives her the opportunity to do it. “Every time I go out

Are you ready to give your best?

As we endure these difficult days in the life of our church, I’ve been thinking about the potential for committed Catholic women to bind wounds and buoy up the spirits of the faithful. St. John

Orphanage housed kids for 129 years

QUESTION: I have heard my grandmother talk about St. Paul Orphanage. When did it begin and when did it close?   ANSWER: St. Paul Orphanage began in 1836 when three Sisters of Charity from Emmits

D.C. pilgrims present their prayers to Mary

They come for a variety of reasons: to ask the Virgin Mary to intercede for a special intention, to have fun with their friends and loved ones, and sometimes to gaze at beautiful artwork. Whatever th

Stay true to Christ

I recently had a discussion with a friend that I suspect many Catholics have been having lately. In this instance, the friend didn’t want to buy a charity lottery ticket to support the Catholic

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Polishfest 2018 will be Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Festival is a...

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St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

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The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

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Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...


Vehicles for prayer

Years ago on retreat we were asked in a prayer service of thanksgiving to place one or several articles which were special to us in front of the altar, as symbols of our giving thanks to God. I...

At border, groups worry about tension, violence

WASHINGTON — In late October, the Trump administration announced plans to send more than 5,000 troops to the southern border ahead of a group of migrants from Central America heading...

Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

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