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Number of Catholics little changed in Congress

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed... More

New spokeswomen standing up for life

She has green hair and she has blue hair. They’re young, stylish, clever, and I suspect listen to bands I’ve never heard of. And they’ve given their lives to defending the...

When Roe is no more

The replacement of Justice Anthony Kennedy by Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired great hope among pro-life Americans that Roe v. Wade’s days could be...

Recalling all martyrs

“Atheists.” That’s what the pagan world considered Christians. With good reason. To the Christians, the pagan universe of gods and goddesses was all bunk. There was only one God.

A hopeful journey into 2019

Returning to Ordinary Time each January, after the Christmas season, can be a bit of a letdown. But January is actually full of exciting events: World Peace Day (Jan. 1), the Week of Prayer for...

The slave owner's Bible

Would you give the Bible to slaves, if you were a slave owner or a friend to slave owners? Not if you’re smart. You might honestly want to make them Christians, but you wouldn’t want...

Looking back

This is the time of year to look backward and review events. Fifty years ago, 1968 was one of the most significant and tumultuous years of the 20th century. Among the most important events...

New book details Father Tolton's story

There is an early defining moment in Joyce Duriga’s biography of Father Augustus Tolton. It’s in her preface. Father Tolton was the first native-born American of African descent...

Still haven't reached a tipping point

I recently received a survey from the Oklahoma Office of Family Support and Prevention Service as part of its project to create a new plan for child abuse prevention. As I am committed to having...

The power of sacred symbols

A golden sunrise on a frosty morn. Light refracted through a stained-glass window. Fresh wreaths forecasting the Christmas season. Symbols like these light up our religious imagination. The...

Advent tells us to up our game

“That young man,” the wise old Baptist man said, “is so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good.” He was too kind a man to roll his eyes, but he might as well...

Dealing with the realities

There is the ideal, and then there is the real. We strive to achieve the ideal, but when that is difficult or impossible, we have to settle for the real. This is true in so many aspects of...

Bless her heart

It’s getting to the point where I hate anything that has to do with a phone other than talking and listening. I can’t get a slice of pizza without somebody trying to give me an...

Walking as an Advent discipline

One proof of Christian discipleship resides in our commitment to be countercultural. The four weeks of Advent provide a marvelous opportunity to practice a spiritual discipline, represented in...

Thanksgiving wisdom from my father

My father, Ted Kondrich, passed away Feb. 6 of this year. The pain of his passing is still raw, but my family and I take great solace and joy in the fact that he is now with our risen Lord, and...

Chesterton on gratitude

Our hostess for the weekend told our children to stop saying “Thank you.” She sounded annoyed. “You can say it when you leave,” she said, “but not while you’re...

When you love an addict

Think of parents whose daughter or son is an opioid addict. They remember their beloved child when she or he was a fine student, involved in charitable activities, and above all was a good and...

Safe adults: What to say and do

Children need safe adults. Safe adults are ones who are looking out for the child’s best interests and upholding the child’s rights and boundaries. They consistently honor the...

When hate comes to your neighborhood

I grew up Jewish. Not really, but it seemed that way. At least to a kid, Catholic and Jewish life in the old North Yonkers, New York, back in the 1950s and early ‘60s were part of each...

Supporting vocations in a time of uncertainty

Discerning a vocation has never been a precise science or an easy task. Often discernment brings with it doubt, fear, anxiety, worry and apprehension about what such a commitment will entail. In...

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...

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Campaign grant to aid youth programs

Father Tom Lewandowski remembers growing up in Duquesne when the sprawling steel mill employed thousands, pews were packed every Sunday in the city’s four Catholic churches and students...

Young adults SEEK, find peace in Christ

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students invited teenagers and young adults to “encounter something more” at the biannual SEEK conference in Indianapolis. From Jan. 3-7, more...

Veteran journalist analyzes grand jury report

WASHINGTON — The conclusion reached by a Pennsylvania grand jury that six of the state’s Catholic dioceses acted “in virtual lockstep” to cover up abuse allegations and...

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Campaign grant to aid youth programs

Father Tom Lewandowski remembers growing up in Duquesne when the sprawling steel mill employed thousands, pews were packed every Sunday in the city’s four Catholic churches and students...

Young adults SEEK, find peace in Christ

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students invited teenagers and young adults to “encounter something more” at the biannual SEEK conference in Indianapolis. From Jan. 3-7, more...

Veteran journalist analyzes grand jury report

WASHINGTON — The conclusion reached by a Pennsylvania grand jury that six of the state’s Catholic dioceses acted “in virtual lockstep” to cover up abuse allegations and...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

PARISH MISSION

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township will host its annual parish mission, Sunday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-23. Mission will be led by Franciscan...

Around the Diocese

COME TO ME

“Come to Me” is the theme of the next festival of praise at St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin on Saturday, Jan. 12, from...

Around the Diocese

SPIRITUAL THERAPEUTIC RECOVERY

St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township continues its Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery Ministry for those struggling with a loved...

Around the Diocese

FREE ROSARY MAKING

A free rosary making workshop will be Saturday, Jan. 5, from noon-2 p.m. at the Legion of Mary Home, 1705 Brownsville Road in Pittsburgh’s Carrick...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

Support group meeting, Spiritual Therapeutic Recovery ministry, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Catherine of Sweden, 2554 Wildwood Road, Hampton Township. Led by...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, JAN. 14

Holy hour for peace, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for peace, vocations, to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to St. Michael,...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JAN. 12

Scholarship and entrance exam, for students entering ninth grade in 2019-20 school year, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph High School, 800 Montana Ave., Natrona...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, JAN. 1

Solemnity of Mary, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church, honoring Mary as the mother of God. Catholics are required to attend...


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