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Pope furthers sainthood causes

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of two medical doctors and six religious — many of whom died just a generation ago.The pope approved the decrees during an audience ...

List of Lenten activities planned at parishes

Below is a listing of submitted parish activities scheduled during the season of Lent. All services are in the church, unless otherwise indicated. Confessions in connection with “The Light is On ...

High school hosts emancipation exhibit

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and Black History Month, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School hosted “Emancipation and Its Legacies,” a traveling exhibit ...

Auberle receives job training grant

Auberle’s Employment Institute, a multifaceted experiential workforce development program in McKeesport, has received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to expand one of its certificat ...

Italian organist performs with Syrian symphony

AMMAN, Jordan — A famed Italian Catholic cathedral organist is believed to have been the first Western musician to perform in Syria since the start of the civil war nearly six years ago.“I ...

The envelope, please: 2016's 20 best movies

NEW YORK — The quality of the best Hollywood films was higher in 2016 than in some recent years. But the outstanding movies of the 12 months just past tended to deal with challenging subject mat ...

Being the feet of Christ

Already over the 19,000-pair mark, the Soles4Souls shoe drive currently under way at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township is within striking distance of its 25,000-pair target.R ...

Couple donates religious manuscripts

WASHINGTON — A massive donation of Ethiopian religious manuscripts to The Catholic University of America in Washington makes the school one of the largest holders of such texts outside Ethiopia. ...

Sisters provide home for community orchestra

The Pittsburgh Philharmonic has found a home at Mount Alvernia in Millvale. Regarded as western Pennsylvania’s premier volunteer orchestra, it is using Scotus Hall, owned by the Sisters of St. F ...

Fatima visionary's sainthood cause advances

VATICAN CITY — The Diocese of Coimbra has concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.Bishop Vir ...

Watch Ash Wednesday Masses on television

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, Bishop David Zubik plans to celebrate noon Mass at St. Mary of Mercy Church in Downtown Pittsburgh. The Mass will be cablecast live on Comcast Channel 95 (Pittsburgh). The M ...

Parishes supporting schools

The following parishes will support Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills:St. Alexis, Wexford*All Saints, EtnaSt. Aloysius, Reserve Township*St. Alphonsus, Wexford*Assumption, Bellevue*St. At ...

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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