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Pope Francis calls torture a mortal sin

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Calling torture a “mortal sin,” Pope Francis called on Christians to help victims of this crime against human rights. Marking the United Nations’ Internat More

New 'Jurassic World' film chows down on gore

NEW YORK — Apparently, it’s time to check in again with everybody’s favorite prehistoric era, because here comes “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (Universal). Director J

Creation story is a theological work

QUESTION: Is the Catholic Church faithful to the biblical truth of creation or isn’t it? Lately, I have begun to wonder if some leaders in the Catholic Church aren’t being taken in by the


TUESDAY, JULY 3 Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Madonna del Castello Parish, 2021 S. Braddock Ave., Swissvale. Call 412-508-5383. FRIDAY, JULY 6 Eucharistic adoration and Benediction, follow

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READING GROUP A summer reading group will meet every Monday for six weeks, starting July 2, at St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood to discuss select writ

Developing blueprints for vibrant parish life

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! “(T)he creative revitalization of parish life is essential to the new evangelization.” These words are fro

Broken world needs Christian unity, pope says

GENEVA — Not only God, but today’s broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians, Pope Francis said on an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva. “Our differences must not be

Christian Housing: 'I love it here'

Roberta Cocuzzi usually enjoys a spirited game of cards at Alverno Apartments in Millvale, but on a recent day she was too busy to play. “I’m off to pick up my great-niece at vacation Bib

Parishes enkindle evening of FIRE

Expressive vibes of praise and worship were amplified with the intensity of a rock concert as a young contemporary music group raised the volume with guitars, drums and singing for some 300 people at

Young need church that listens to them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Young Catholics are looking for a church that listens to their concerns, accompanies them in discerning their vocations and helps them confront the challenges they face, sa

Canadian cardinal: Find clarity in Scripture

NEW YORK — Joy has to be rooted in the fullness of reality, the suffering of the cross, the glory of the Resurrection and the providence of God, not in a gooey meringue of sweetness. This was o

St. Anthony honored in parish celebration

Celebrations honoring St. Anthony of Padua have a rich tradition in the church. It is a commemoration that Father Joseph Luisi, pastor of North American Martyrs Parish in Monroeville/Pitcairn, hopes

God reaches out to us through others

QUESTION: At times I find myself deeply troubled about my faith in God. For example, when I see such bloodshed in our streets day after day, I wonder if God really cares. Why won’t God interven

How to promote religious liberty

The Fortnight for Freedom, which we’ve been celebrating each year at the end of June and beginning of July, has recently been reconfigured. Beginning this year, Religious Freedom Week is to be

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CONNECT NIGHT Public is invited to Holy Trinity Parish in Robinson Township on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria for “Connect Night,” a casual evening featuring s

Pope Francis advances sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood cause of four candidates, including a widowed mother of nine from Mexico, who founded groups for laypeople as well as tw

Catholic in spirit and soul

Stephen King has a new one – “The Outsider.” I’ll take it. We’ve been together a long time. I wasn’t with him when he was peddling stories to men’s magazines

Weekly Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Monthly breakfast, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., cafeteria of St. Joseph Parish, 1125 Leishman Ave., New Kensington. Menu features pancakes, sausage, ham and eggs. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus

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The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Pittsburgh will kick off a busy 2018-19 year of events with a retreat and dinner to celebrate the...

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During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness...

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The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled...

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The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the...


Making progress, but much remains

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive!

How quickly the summer has passed. It seems like we were just getting ready to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday...

Pittsburgh: Our faith-filled home

I was at a doctor’s office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I now live after my years in Pittsburgh. He’s my pulmonary guy, also with a Pittsburgh background, and I made his acquaintance...

Aging gracefully

Aging gracefully is God’s way of awakening in us a renewed appreciation for the richness of the ordinary. The older we become, the more we see why Jesus lived the hidden life of Nazareth for...

Truth about Roe

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has propelled Roe v. Wade more prominently into public discourse. As the confirmation process for his replacement moves forward,...

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