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Refugees lobby for federal program

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service

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... More

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...

Woman counts on faith to reunite with husband

WASHINGTON — In the quest to bring her deported Mexican husband, Marcos, back to the United States to live with her and their four children, Elizabeth Perez has frequently turned to...

Damaged fruit

In his book, “Descending Fire: The Journal of a Soul Aflame,” Father Jean Petit cites St. Thérèse of Lisieux as having said that she liked “to see fruits fall before...

Starting over for Easter

We’re close to the end of Lent, and you may be feeling that you have blown whatever discipline you tried this year. Even just being kinder to people may have proved too hard because some...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How Jesus can change your mind

The church tells us to pray more during Lent, as part of her general instruction to up our game. In theory that ought to be easy, but in practice some of us struggle. Sometimes we struggle to find...

The game of Lent

A Protestant pastor among my Facebook friends once declared that he didn’t want to hear what anyone else was giving up for Lent. He asked if people had forgotten Matthew 6. That’s the...

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St. Anthony of Padua relics to visit Pittsburgh

Two first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua will tour the Diocese of Pittsburgh June 6-11. 

At the invitation of Bishop David Zubik, Father Alessandro Ratti will accompany the relics...

Pope Francis heading to Romania May 31-June 1

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis visits Romania May 31-June 1, he will helicopter to Sumuleu Ciuc, site of the country’s only major Marian shrine and an important place of pilgrimage...

Faith

St. Anthony of Padua relics to visit Pittsburgh

Two first-class relics of St. Anthony of Padua will tour the Diocese of Pittsburgh June 6-11. 

At the invitation of Bishop David Zubik, Father Alessandro Ratti will accompany the relics...

Pope Francis heading to Romania May 31-June 1

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis visits Romania May 31-June 1, he will helicopter to Sumuleu Ciuc, site of the country’s only major Marian shrine and an important place of pilgrimage...

Around The Diocese

Around the diocese

BLOOMING ON BAUM

Tomatoes, basil, herbs, geraniums and air plants are just some of the items on sale at the fourth annual “Blooming on Baum” plant sale Friday, May 24,...

Around the diocese

CATHOLIC SCHOOL PICNIC

Tickets are on sale for the annual Catholic school picnic at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, on Tuesday,...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

STAR WARS BINGO

The Christian Mothers and Women's Guild of Holy Apostles Parish will host a Star Wars bingo on Saturday, May 4 in the parish's St. Basil church hall located in Pittsburgh's...

Around the diocese

CAR SHOW

The Car Society Club of La Roche University invites the public to its inaugural car show Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, MAY 19

Cabbage roll dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Michael Parish, 97 Highland Ave., Avella. Dinner is part of “Welcome to Our Parish” event sponsored by...

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Flea market and bake sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Parish, 4815 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Sale includes home...

Weekly Calendar of events

TUESDAY, MAY 7

Life in the Spirit seminar, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Richard Parish, 3841 Dickey Road, Richland Township. For information, e-mail Pete Faix at...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, MAY 3

Eucharistic adoration, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Alexis Parish, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford.

All-night Eucharistic adoration, 8 p.m. through...


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