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Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots

By Doreen Abi RaadCatholic News Service

BEIRUT — When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father's collection of thousands of Syriac... More

'Won't You Be My Neighbor?': Bring tissues

NEW YORK — First off, to answer everyone’s question about “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus), the cheerful and reverent documentary about Fred Rogers, creator and...

Study backs educational kids' TV

WASHINGTON — All over-the-air TV stations are required to carry at least three hours each week of educational children’s programming — a requirement that’s under threat of...

Pope prays for volcano victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead. In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas...

Pilgrims view Civil War through Catholic lens

On Memorial Day weekend, 52 pilgrims from the Diocese of Pittsburgh boarded a bus for Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Gettysburg to remember the war dead while gaining a Catholic perspective on the...

Evangelizer recalls faith journey

MANCHESTER, England — Sherry Anne Weddell recalls the moment when she stepped “across the threshold” and entered a Catholic church for the first time. It was while she was...

Defend right to life, Pope Francis tells doctors

VATICAN CITY — Make medicine and health care more humane by protecting the life and dignity of all patients, particularly the weakest and the unborn, Pope Francis told Catholic doctors and...

Faith leaders urge action on climate change

BRAINTREE, Mass. (CNS) — Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and other faith leaders joined scientists in issuing a call to action to address the “ecological and moral emergency”...

Parish fish fry aids community

Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport continues to share the “catch” from its fish fry with the surrounding communities. For several years, the parish has donated 10 percent of the...

Extra Mile to support renamed North Side school

A Catholic grade school in Pittsburgh will receive significant assistance as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen and sustain urban Catholic schools. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year,...

Initiative aims to revitalize parishes

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced an expanded evangelization initiative, inviting Catholics to use their spiritual gifts to bring others closer to Jesus and to help revitalize...

Come along on the Camino

Readers are invited to follow along on social media with a pilgrimage of 16 young adults as they walk the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) in Spain from May 26 to June 10. Check out...

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St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood will host a vacation Bible school titled “The Vatican Express” for...

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Listening Friends Grief and Loss Support Group will begin its summer program with viewing of the 20-minute DVD, “Tear Soup: Grieving the Loss of a Loved...

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“Renewing Our Baptismal Calling” is the theme of the next Festival of Praise on Saturday, June 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Albert the Great...

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Sisters of the Holy Spirit in West View invites the public to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit in the motherhouse chapel, 5246 Clarwin Ave., West View, at 7...


Move out of your comfort zone

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive!

Don’t change my Mass time!

For those who regularly worship at their parishes, the times of the...

Animals can help comfort victims of child abuse

The welfare of the child is always the most important factor of any equation that involves keeping children safe. As caring adults, we may be presented with a situation that urges us to report our...

Vatican volume tracks church statistics

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for a special Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region not primarily because of the rainforest’s key role in the ecological health of the...

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