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Profile of women religious rising at Vatican

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican can move at a snail’s pace but looking back over the past six years, the profile of women, especially women religious, at Vatican events has risen sharply. The More

Wilderness camp open to high schoolers

The thrill of Christianity meets the rugged wilderness of Pennsylvania again this summer through Camp Lajas, a Catholic adventure camp for high school students. Begun last year, Camp Lajas immerses h

Immigration network to meet in Pittsburgh

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network will bring its annual convening of legal practitioners to Downtown Pittsburgh May 29-31 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and Westin Convention Center

Prayers for Sri Lanka

It was a simple message: Only through loving kindness can we dispel hate. More than a dozen representatives of various faiths gathered for “A Vigil for Sri Lanka” April 24 at Heinz Memori

Individuals honored for impact on community

Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Shazier was among a group of community leaders honored at the 46th Annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction April 29 to benefit the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh.

Holy Name Society awards Beaver County members

The Beaver County Holy Name Society honored members who have been exemplary in promoting the love, honor and respect for the name of Jesus with the presentation of the Blessed John of Vercelli Award

A note to women: We are all mothers

During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmo

Weekly Calendar of events

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Life in the Spirit seminar, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 3841 Dickey Road, Richland Township. For information, e-mail Pete Faix at pkfaix@gmail.com. Presentation, “Life After

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CAR SHOW 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 university’s McCandless Tow

St. Joan found strength in Christ

QUESTION: My granddaughter has somehow decided that Joan of Arc is her heroine. I honestly don’t know that much about the real Joan of Arc. Is she really considered a saint by the Catholic Chur

Knowledge without action makes no real difference

Almost everyone who attends a session of Protecting God’s Children for Adults leaves able to identify one or more of the warning signs that risky adults exhibit when interacting with children.

Jesus teaches about change

The Gospel readings for this past week, the “octave of Easter,” are a joy to savor. They are the stories of how the resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples. They include the puzzled d


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

'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

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Volunteers are invited to come to Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum to help create sawdust carpets for the 76th annual Corpus Christi celebration Sunday, June 23.

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Public is invited to join the Knights of Columbus Gilmary Council 3868 as they honor fathers at the third annual Father’s Day breakfast celebration Sunday,...

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The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart will sponsor a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Bede Parish in Pittsburgh’s...

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The following festival was missing from the Parish Festival Guide, published in the May 10 issue. Complete listing can be viewed at www.pittsburghcatholic.org.



The Eucharist, our strength

On Father’s Day, June 16, I received a call from a man who lives across the country, and I have known him for more than 30 years. He was victimized sexually at the hands of a priest as a...

Talk with youth about boundaries and safety

The information learned in this article will assist caring adults and parents with establishing and maintaining safety guidelines and principles to ensure all children are protected, and that...

Papal news conferences yield little tidbits

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ inflight news conferences are arguably less newsy than when his pontificate began, mostly because he has been insisting the past few years that most of the...

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