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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 ... More

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Pope: Prayer is important for helping the poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Prayer is a central part of Catholics’ work to support the mission of the pope and of the Catholic Church around the world, Pope Francis told members of the U.S.-based ...

Collection to support shrine's dome project

All parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have been requested to take up a special collection at Mother’s Day weekend Masses, May 13-14, to support the mosaic ornamentation of the Trinity Dome, ...

Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president.White House officials said the visit will be part of a ...

St. Pio relics May 9 at cathedral

Relics on a nationwide tour that are associated with Italian mystic and healer St. Pio of Pietrelcina are set to be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, May 9, at St. Paul Cathedral in the city’s Oakland n ...

Downtown parish offers Easter meal to the needy

The homeless community can be a tight-knit group. Many of them know each other and count on each other for support. So when one of them sees a good thing, they aren’t afraid to share it. “ ...

New parish is alive on mission

It was an unusual sight — an urban Catholic church on a Saturday evening filled with young adults, families and older couples lifting their voices in song. The Festival of Praise held every mont ...

On the trail of Polish peacemaker

As a peace and justice advocate, Judith Kelly was drawn to the story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. The priest preached nonviolence amid harassment and threats during the Solidarity freedom movement in ...

Next few months crucial in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The next few months will determine whether Iraqi Christians can return to their homes in areas where Islamic State had been routed, according to Msgr. John Kozar, international pres ...

'New' St. Pio relics to be displayed at cathedral

A different set of Padre Pio relics is now scheduled to be displayed May 9 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.The originally selected items associated with 20th-century m ...

Knights of Malta asked to elect temporary leader

VATICAN CITY — Members of the Knights of Malta about to elect a new permanent leader were asked instead to consider electing a lieutenant who would temporarily take the reins of the order.  ...

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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