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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...

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...

Two good summer reads

At the beginning of summer, a couple of suggestions for books to read. They’re not exactly beach reading. They’re books with meat on their bones, as my grandmother said about things...

Go deeper on retreat

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I want to experience a richer prayer life and a fuller life of devotion. I want to live my faith in a more meaningful way?” These thoughts are...

When the facts seem to prove the faith wrong

“Nature doesn’t give up its secrets cheaply,” said an English astrophysicist named Carlos Frenk. We have to work at figuring out what’s what in the universe. Often that...

Shareholders push firms on online sex abuse

WASHINGTON — Online child sexual abuse is a booming international business and religious congregations holding stocks in major telecom firms are stepping up their advocacy to thwart...

Refugees lobby for federal program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is one of the best of humanitarian efforts helping vulnerable people in the world and it should be praised as a success story, not...

Making friends with scientists

“We should take a much humbler approach to knowledge,” the world famous physicist told Scientific American magazine. The “we” in that sentence is Marcelo Gleiser’s...

Mary, our model for a richer humanity

The events of Mary’s life reveal themselves each time we pray the rosary, but have we meditated on them in relation to our everyday experience? It is not enough that we prove our devotion to...

Profile of women religious rising at Vatican

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...

A good slap upside the head

Recently, God came down from heaven and gave me a good slap upside the head. WHACK! I am not kidding you. You see, even though I didn’t realize it, part of my life needed a serious...

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...

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...

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...

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Young adults learn how to blend faith, busy lives

When Evan Marone began working in Downtown Pittsburgh, a family friend who is a priest recommended that he check out the Young Catholic Professionals of Pittsburgh. Attending Wednesday noon Masses...

Msgr. John Kozar named top publisher

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Msgr. John Kozar, a Pittsburgh priest who is president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association and publisher of CNEWA’s ONE magazine, is the 2019 winner of the...

Faith

Young adults learn how to blend faith, busy lives

When Evan Marone began working in Downtown Pittsburgh, a family friend who is a priest recommended that he check out the Young Catholic Professionals of Pittsburgh. Attending Wednesday noon Masses...

Msgr. John Kozar named top publisher

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Msgr. John Kozar, a Pittsburgh priest who is president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association and publisher of CNEWA’s ONE magazine, is the 2019 winner of the...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED

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.

Around the Diocese

BENEDICTION AND

VENERATION

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

Around the Diocese

SAWDUST CARPETS

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.

Around the Diocese

FATHER’S DAY

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,...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Festival of praise, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Sylvester Church, 3754 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Hosted by Holy Apostles Parish, program will include Benediction,...

Weekly Calendar of Events

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Mass with prayers for healing, 7 p.m. (6:45 p.m. teaching), St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 200 Clairvaux Dr, Indiana. Sponsored by Fraternity of...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, JUNE 23

Spiritual enrichment, “Why Do I Do What I Don’t Want to Do,” offered by Father Michael Decewicz, 2 p.m., Madonna of Jerusalem Church of St.

Calendar of Events

TUESDAY, JUNE 18

Marian-Medjugorje Mass and worship services, 7 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, 148 Monastery Ave., Pittsburgh’s South Side. Includes adoration and...


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