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New schools named in North Hills

Bishop David Zubik has approved names for three newly formed elementary schools in the North Hills region.Effective July 1, Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills will become a ministry of all ...

Dinner guests hear 'Stories of Love'

The theme of the 35th Annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities was “Stories of Love.” As part of the gathering, staff and supporters were asked to give a six-word story of love ...

Frey sees God's hand at work

Kelly Frey of WTAE-TV, the Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl Caritas Flame of Hope Award winner, was unable to attend the dinner. Two weeks ago, she found out that she had a setback in her battle against breas ...

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won ...

21 men begin deacon program

Twenty-one men from throughout the diocese marked the start of the initial phase of the Deacon Formation Program with an opening Mass celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on May 10 at St. Paul Seminary in ...

Mission societies connect in many ways

VATICAN CITY — Making connections — not just collections — drives the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies.That is why the United States’ office tapped into the rich digita ...

Events to tout religious ed

Three events are planned in early June to promote Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious education program for children ages 3-12.An organ concert, “Transformed and Renewed,” will fe ...

Pope canonizes Fatima seers

FATIMA, Portugal — Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the cal ...

Diocese honors outstanding Catholic young people

Twelve youths in the Diocese of Pittsburgh were recognized May 9 for exemplifying the qualities of moral integrity, prayerfulness, good works and Christian leadership.Bishop David Zubik presented St. ...

Feast of Ascension, holy day of obligation

The feast of the Ascension, which recalls Christ’s rising into heaven, is Thursday, May 25. It is a holy day of obligation, meaning that all Catholics are required to attend Mass.Ascension is th ...

Bishop Zubik's statement on John "Jack" Donahue

Jack Donahue was truly a pillar of our Pittsburgh community, and it is with great sorrow that I learned of his passing.It has often been said that Jack’s life was focused on the three F’s ...

DNC chairman, leader of pro-life Democrats to meet

WASHINGTON — After a furor erupted over his statement that the Democratic Party should support only those candidates who support legal abortion, Democratic National Committee chairman Thomas Per ...

Parish groupings proposed

Parishioners are providing final feedback as they review proposed groupings of parishes in the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative.All 188 current parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburg ...

School News

St. Anthony program switches to two-classroom model

School News

St. Anthony School Programs will move to a two-classroom model at St. Thomas More School for the 2016-17 school year. The new set-up will offer a more age-appropriate setting for the progra ...

Students, educators honored nationally

School News

St. Joseph High School junior Isabelle Schroeder was one of 3,000 students from around the world to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.

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Students named 'Write Thing' winners

Catholic schools were well represented among the six overall winners in the annual “Do the Write Thing” Challenge, an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. 

The challen ...

Faith

Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA

Sisters of the Holy Spirit will host a novena to the Holy Spirit in the motherhouse chapel, 5246 Clarwin Ave in West View, from Friday, May 26, through Friday, June 2, starting at 7 ...

Around the Diocese

HANDBELL CONCERT

St. James Parish in Sewickley will participate in a community handbell concert Sunday, May 21, at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 405 Frederick St. in Sewickley. Concert is free and open ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. Following Mass will be an o ...

Around the Diocese

MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township is sponsoring a three-week series in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Held on Thursdays, series will feature professional speakers a ...

Columns

Ultimately, God decides who gets to heaven

QUESTION: A lot of people (and a lot of TV preachers) believe that anyone who does not believe in Christ cannot get into heaven. Does the Catholic Church teach that?

ANSWER: The above question was addr ...

Yes, we can show that Jesus rose from the dead

Christianity plays a high-stakes game. It claims that some things happened in history, particularly the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. In other words, the Christian faith bases itself on a claim ...

Rosary Makers mark 10 years

There are no idle hands in the Rosary Makers ministry at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler.

In the past 10 years, at least 1,000 rosaries have been made each month and, to date, more than 79,0 ...

Heavenly lights

I am a sunset bigot. Give me a sunset over Cape Cod Bay and everywhere else is just getting dark. It’s not that I mean to insult God’s creation at work anywhere. But having seen the best, ...


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