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Cardinal Wuerl marks 50 years of priesthood

WASHINGTON — At a Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington expressed thanks to God for his vocation, and he encouraged Cat ...

McAuley Ministries awards $480,440

McAuley Ministries, Pittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation, recently announced the awarding of 12 grants totaling $480,440 to 11 Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations. The grants support a ...

A quick look back at 2016

JANUARYAll Saints Parish in Etna marks its 100th anniversary ... Father Robert Reardon, a priest of the diocese for 56 years, dies at age 82 ... Father Warren Metzler, longtime pastor of St. James Par ...

Answers to top 20 On Mission FAQs

On Dec. 1, the diocese completed the last of 329 parish consultation sessions to present draft models proposing potential groups of parishes that may come together to form new parishes. More than 27,0 ...

Diaper donation arrives

Local managed care organization Gateway Health delivered more than 400 boxes of diapers Dec. 15 to Catholic Charities, to be distributed to the parents of infants up to age 2.The donation, which will ...

Instruments of blessing

The Downtown Pittsburgh streets were quiet on a rather dark Christmas Eve morning, but the joy that filled Lawless Hall of St. Mary of Mercy Parish was palpable.“God bless you,” bellowed S ...

Mission participants sought for 2017 trip to Peru

All who are interested in the diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru, and might consider participating in a summer 2017 mission trip are invited to an information session Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 7-8:30 p.m ...

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.


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 ...


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



The public is invited to a parish mission conducted by speaker, author, evangelist and radio host Christina King at St. Catherine of Sweden Parish in Hampton Township, Jan. 15-19. The mi ...



“Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible” is the title of an eight-session Bible study for adults and teens at St. Joseph Parish in Cabot. The video series, led by Jeff Cav ...



The deadline is approaching for purchasing tickets for St. Sebastian Parish’s Italian Festa on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 6-11 p.m., at the West View Fire Hall, 386 Perry Highway. Spon ...




Brighten your Christmas holiday with “Cosmic Color Ribbons,” appearing nightly through Jan. 15, from 6-11 p.m., in the parking lot of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in ...


Eucharist: Prayer of the entire church

QUESTION: Someone told me recently that the rosary is THE prayer of the Catholic Church. I am relatively new to the Catholic faith and was unsure of that. Is there some kind of priority list of p ...

Embrace a new beginning

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), the social reformer and novelist, once said, “Many people think of changing the world, but few people think of changing themselves.”

According to a recent Nielsen s ...

Fake news can be dangerous

“Fake news” has been all over the news since early December when an armed guy shot up a pizza place in Washington. He had read on the Internet that the restaurant was a front for a child t ...

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