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Catholics, Lutherans to mark Reformation March 14

As a sign that animosity can heal into friendship, Catholic and Lutheran leaders in southwestern Pennsylvania are holding a shared commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.The first e ...

Bishop allows eating meat on St. Patrick's Day

March 8, 2017My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:As you and I enter into the season of Lent we seek to live disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in a spirit of penitence and to form our he ...

Ash Wednesday starts the season of Lent

Bishop David Zubik marked Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season March 1 at St. Mary of Mercy Church in Downtown Pittsburgh.The noon liturgy was concelebrated by Father Nicholas Vaskov, admi ...

Bishops' stances vary on sanctuary for immigrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The bishop of Sacramento, California, said Catholic churches in the diocese could offer sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation, while the archbishop of Washington cautione ...

School makes millions from Snapchat investment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CNS) — A California Catholic high school did away with future car washes and pizza kit sales March 2 when the $15,000 investment it made with Snap Inc., the company that d ...

'The Shack' presents intriguing vision of God

NEW YORK — “The Shack” (Summit), director Stuart Hazeldine’s screen version of William Paul Young’s best-selling novel, represents a serious effort to tackle the problem ...

Bishop Zubik marks Catholic Press Month

Bishop David Zubik celebrated Catholic Press Month with a Mass Feb. 21 at St. Mary of Mercy Church in Downtown Pittsburgh. Attending the liturgy were staff members of Pittsburgh Catholic Publishing As ...

'Rock Dog' film hits the right notes

Movie ReviewNEW YORK — “You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog,” Elvis Presley famously crooned six decades ago. That pretty well describes “Rock Dog” (Summit Prem ...

Experience God's mercy, forgiveness

Churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open Wednesday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. to welcome Catholics seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.“The Li ...

CRS Rice Bowl fills needs here and worldwide

For more than four decades, CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program, has supported programs that work to prevent hunger and poverty around the world, including here in southweste ...

Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50 years

Tom Mangan noted the significance of the day. It was Feb. 18, 50 years to the day that the seeds of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal were planted.“A lot of people have talked about the death of ...

We've moved!

Please make a note that all offices of the Pittsburgh Catholic have moved from 135 First Ave. to the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.Our new mailing address is: 111 Boulevard of the Al ...

Faith leaders pray for refugees, immigrants

The program demonstrated just how diverse the western Pennsylvania region really is.There were readings from the Quran, Torah and the Gospels. Prayers in the Islamic, Baha’i’, Sikh and Bud ...

Help needed to rebuild homes

Volunteers are being sought to help rebuild homes damaged by flooding in August 2016 in Connellsville, Fayette County.Members of parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Byzantine Cat ...

Joy, comfort experienced at Festival of Praise

As the Festival of Praise began Feb. 19, most of the young people acted as you would expect. Some talked quietly, while others laughed with their friends. And there were those who fidgeted nervously b ...

St. Katharine Drexel's relative to speak

A relative of St. Katharine Drexel is set to speak March 7-8 at the newly established parish in southeastern Washington County that is named for the saint.A Lenten renewal at St. Katharine Drexel Pari ...

Pro-life message to be delivered to United Nations

A local man whose daughter made history by having a Pennsylvania law named for her is set to speak March 17 at a United Nations conference in New York.Kurt Kondrich of Upper St. Clair will be one of t ...

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

ST. ANTHONY NOVENA

The annual 13 Tuesday novena, in honor of St. Anthony of Padua, is being prayed at St. Anthony Chapel, 1704 Harpster St. in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood, on Tuesdays, no ...

Around the Diocese

FISH FRY

St. Mary, Cecil

Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 4-7 p.m, church hall, 10 Saint Mary’s Lane. Entrees include fried fish, baked fish, crab cakes, baked salmon, seafood sampler and f ...

Around the Diocese

OPEN HOUSES

The new regional schools of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Bonaventure, both in Glenshaw, will host open houses for current Catholic school families and those considering enrolling pre- ...

Around the Diocese

FISH FRIES

St. Gabriel, Whitehall

Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 4-7 p.m., parish hall, 5200 Greenridge Drive. Menu features baked orange roughy, hand-breaded cod, seafood cakes, shrimp, haluski, ...

Columns

Holiness: The ticket to happiness

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, born in 1931, is a South African civil rights activist and retired Anglican bishop. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid (r ...

Peace amid the mess

We come from God, and are going to God …

Lent is an opportune moment to enter into the mind and heart of Jesus at one of the most intimate, vulnerable times during his life on this earth. Everyth ...

Never too late to have a fruitful Lent

QUESTION: Every Lent, I have the best intentions but never really get off the ground. I guess it’s too late for this year, but what are some concrete, realistic ideas for a fruitful Lent?

ANSWER: ...

The least of these on the Internet

You probably didn’t see the picture, but it was a huge hit on the kind of websites where people make fun of other people. One of them is called “The people of Walmart” because some g ...


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