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Artist recounts Catholic conversion

By William Cone Editor

For most people, faith is like an unfinished painting, waiting for the Master’s touch to add color, shading and highlights. It can be a slow, arduous process. It was that way for artist... More

Pope condemns attacks in Syria

VATICAN CITY — Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and...

Parishes mark district confirmation

Bishop David Zubik celebrated the sacrament of confirmation April 5 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington with 38 candidates from the five parishes in Greene County and St. Katharine...

These 'Dogs' not for kids

Movie Review NEW YORK — Writer-director Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight) pushes the limits of his customary deadpan drollery with its emphasis on death...

St. Elizabeth School ranked 10th in the world

The third-graders at St. Elizabeth School in Pleasant Hills are feeling nearly on top of the world. Students in the third-grade classrooms of teachers Mary Beth Baumgardner and Lee Engel...

High school name changing

Holy Family Academy, which was established as a Catholic high school in Emsworth in 2014 by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has been renamed as Nazareth College and Career...

'DePaul School has meant so much to us'

The prenatal visits gave no sign of problems. But soon after Luke Worgul was born, doctors came back with the diagnosis: Luke had moderate hearing loss. At 2 months old, he was fitted with a...

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a "peaceful and familial" 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany,...

Local service honored at Art Rooney Award Dinner

Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid said his father taught him that you can bring about change one person at a time, with the first person being yourself. The same is true with the Catholic Youth...

'Miracle Season' is winner

NEW YORK — Make sure you have your tissues handy when you go to see “The Miracle Season” (Mirror). As he did with 2011’s “Soul Surfer,” director Sean...

Diaconate is 'mighty act of God'

In light of Bishop David Zubik’s recent call of a new class into the diocesan Deacon Formation Program, here is a look at one of the men currently serving in this ministry. While...

Pilgrimage to explore Civil War sites

A special Civil War pilgrimage to Catholic sites in Gettysburg and Emmitsburg, Maryland, is planned for May 26-27, Memorial Day weekend, with Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid. The...

Helping the Mass come alive for young people

Matthew sounded frustrated and hopeless as he described the stalemate with his 18-year-old daughter, Kelsey, who no longer wants to attend Mass. “She complains that she doesn’t...

Great joy is found in the diaconate

In light of Bishop David Zubik’s recent call of a new class into the diocesan Deacon Formation Program, here is a look at one of the men currently serving in this ministry. Spend much...

Court hears oral arguments

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments March 26 in the Archdiocese of Washington’s suit against the Washington...

Phone, internet subsidy may be cut

WASHINGTON — A 33-year-old telephone and internet subsidy that actually lived up to its name, Lifeline, is in danger of being slashed by the Federal Communications Commission. The cuts...

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Public is invited to St. Raphael Parish in Pittsburgh’s Morningside/Stanton Heights neighborhood to pray a novena to St. Anthony on...

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St. Philip Parish welcomes the public to its parish mission titled “Dare to Live Jesus” from Sunday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 18,...

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The following celebrations are planned for Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8:

Felician sisters will host a celebration starting with Mass at 1 p.m.

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A knowledgeable panel from local colleges will speak to high school-age students and younger youths, along with their parents about “Youth and the Use of...


Ministry calls women to the feet of Jesus

A call that began long ago as a whisper became a trumpet blast in 2001, leading me to found the Martha and Mary Ministry for busy women who seek to grow in faith.

Through this I have been...

Rusty Staub, man of faith

I did a guest column for the local paper recently describing the sort-of baseball games we made up and played endlessly in yards and streets back in the day. The Old Geezers liked it.

We had...

Heading toward transition

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

Will the May 4 edition of the Pittsburgh Catholic be a collectors’ item?

It could be, because it...

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