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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

Spam warning for parishes

A number of diocesan employees and parishioners recently have received e-mails or text messages pretending to come from clergy or diocesan staff, asking for gift cards, personal information or a repl

Easter Vigil, keystone of Catholic life

QUESTION: As Easter approaches, I see lots of signs at Protestant churches inviting people to join them for an Easter sunrise service. I don’t see that at Catholic churches. We seem to encourag

Parishes put faith into action

Volunteers described it as a joyful, uplifting Lenten project that fed the hungry, put their faith into action and brought them closer together — all in one morning. More than 200 members of th

Disney's 'Penguins' is a winning documentary

NEW YORK — At once the profile of a plucky 5-year-old Adelie penguin the filmmakers dub "Steve" and an introduction to his species as a whole, "Penguins" (Disneynature) is a winning documentary

Bishop David Zubik on Easter bombing in Sri Lanka

My heart, the hearts of all Christians, and of all compassionate people are grieving over the terrorist attack on Catholics and others this Easter in Sri Lanka. As we pray for the dead and wounded, a

New document addresses challenges of evangelizing

VATICAN CITY — While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelization and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people

'Easter us, O God'

“Resurrexit sicut dixit, alleluia, alleluia! He is risen as he said, alleluia, alleluia!” For all who are Christian, Easter is the event without equal. Easter marks our salvation! Easter

Seven-church visits planned for Holy Thursday

Parishioners in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have a tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday, which is an ancient practice probably originating in Rome. Pilgrims visited seven basilicas as

Speakers inspire men to live in joy, humility

Because Jesus opens his heart to us, Bishop David Zubik said, we can leave behind our sins, guilt and sense of worthlessness. No matter what we do, we receive the grace of forgiveness through th

The Light has risen!

My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh: You’ve heard the expression, “The light at the end of the tunnel.” That’s Easter. Easter is the light that leads us f

Family of 10 still a model of faith, fidelity

When Eleanor and David Devlin looked at their family photo and story that appeared on the front page of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper 40 years ago it reminded them of how busy they were raising e

Pope: Devil targets those who despair

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sometimes Christians seem to prefer complaining and being unhappy in life, but that makes them a perfect target for the devil, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “

Candlelight pro-life vigil planned for April 14

A candlelight/balloon light vigil is set for Sunday, April 14, from 6-7 p.m. outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 933 Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh. The vigil is one of more than 125 taki

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

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A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St.

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A solemn evening of prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, will take place at St. Anthony...

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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,...


Put down the phone. Pray.

Sometimes you had to stop my parents’ car by pulling off the road and slamming on the brakes. It would keep accelerating until you did. You had to rev down the engine so you could drive away...

Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities

ALBANY, N.Y. — Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with...

We have an opening

Things are grim, kind of like the Pirates’ season before the winning streak. Maybe not quite Baltimore Orioles grim, 7,000 games out of first-place grim. But bad.

I mean the decline in...

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