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Pope to highlight dialogue in Morocco

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis wanted to go to Morocco in December to draw attention to the need for international cooperation in assisting migrants and in alleviating the situations that force pe

Gossip can destroy lives, reputations

QUESTION: I went to confession recently and just happened to mention that I gossiped. The priest said that gossip is a terrible evil and that I should be ashamed of what I did. I was shocked by his s

Newman: A rare genius

He’s not a local saint by any means, but we still have ties to the soon-to-be-sainted Englishman John Henry Newman. The Pittsburgh Oratory has been working and praying for his canonization for

Parish musical to fund local charities

The storied tradition of the St. Sebastian youth ministry Lenten musical continues with this year’s production of “Godspell” from April 5-7. The performances will be in the Holy Cro

Horror film goes to a whole new level

NEW YORK — Baby boomers and those of a similar age may recall that comedian Jay Leno used to joke about "evil twin-ism," based on the frequent use of malignant doppelgangers in the plots of slo

Seminarians move ahead as lectors and acolytes

Diocesan seminarians recently were installed as lectors and acolytes and given their assignments to continue formation at a major theology school. While women and men serve as lectors and acolytes at

Cardinal DiNardo suffers mild stroke

HOUSTON (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken to the hospital late March 15 after experiencing symptoms of what t

Communicate your concerns about boundary issues

Recently a friend came to me with a situation she was facing that, in her view, had no easy answer. She has never participated in a VIRTUS program, but had just attended a child protection session I

Special rules keep God's house simply beautiful

VATICAN CITY — Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of flowers

Four CRS staffers, aid workers killed

WASHINGTON — Four Catholic Relief Services staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments

Around the Diocese

SIX STEPS TO SANITY Transfiguration and St. Victor parishes invite those dealing with the addiction of a loved one to its Six Steps to Sanity program, which meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the meet

A quick review of Pope Francis' past year

VATICAN CITY — Catholics cannot place blame for the sexual abuse crisis on “those who came before us” in an attempt “to present ourselves as ‘pure,’” said th


SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Vendor and craft show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Peter Parish hall, 127 Franklin St., Butler. Also includes bake sale, homemade soup sale, soup and sandwich lunch and more. Benefits commu

Young women urged to spend time with God

Ten women sat cross-legged in a circle enthusiastically discussing authentic relationships as part of the Diocesan High School Women’s Retreat on March 9. The Pittsburgh Religious Vocations Cou

'The problem with you Christians ...'

“The problem with you Christians is that you do not look saved.” These words were written by the 19th-century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was an avowed atheist whos

A journalist's best friend

Ever since Bob Lockwood died March 4, I have caught myself a few times thinking, “I’ve got to tell Bob about this.” Then I realize that I can’t, which makes me incredibly sad.

Choosing to change

As a Pittsburgher all 72 years of my life, change is something I seldom have welcomed with open arms. While I helped manage change during a long corporate career and through my own training business,

Guardians of truth

Fifty-three journalists were killed worldwide in 2018. Some died in war, but a shocking number died exposing corruption, covering protests or just doing their job. Time magazine called them and their

High school teams are basketball champs

Four local Catholic high school basketball teams took home titles at the 2019 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Basketball Championships. The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys and

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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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