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Pope: Set up your Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope...

Jesus wants a relationship with you

One of my callings has been to teach family caregivers how to care for themselves, and forgiveness is one of the first and most frequent topics we discuss. Those who care for sick or elderly...

Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As you know, from Dec. 9-12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego and asked him to go to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga to ask him to build a temple to honor Our Lady, showing that...

A chapel, a desk and one man's saintly witness

As someone who has studied John Henry Newman’s writings for years, it was surreal for me to attend his canonization in Rome. I’ve known for some time now that Newman was interceding...

Suicide: A young priest's perspective

Recently, the Pittsburgh Catholic ran a column explaining that the church does not deny funerals to those who commit suicide — as had been portrayed on a popular TV show. However, in its...

Navigating the holidays

This beautiful and holy season, when we as Christians gather to celebrate the mystery and miracle of the Incarnation, is a time of joy, filled with family gatherings, festivities with friends and...

Advent matters

Christmas is still weeks away, and already we’re exhausted. We’ve heard too much Mariah, endured too much tinsel, watched too many Hallmark specials, been bombarded with too many...

You're an original sinner, and that's good news

It sounds cranky, gloomy, even angry. Christianity teaches that we human beings can’t help making a huge mess of things. The human equivalent of the Cincinnati Bengals. And the faith says...

Pope urges protection for children online

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While digital technologies have led to advancements in communication and education, they also have led to the exploitation of children on the internet, Pope Francis...

Giving thanks always

Our country celebrates countless reasons to be grateful to God and one another on the national holiday of Thanksgiving. Family members make travel plans. Traditional recipes are on the table.

Live the Gospel where God has placed you

Pope Francis named Cardinal John Henry Newman a Catholic saint last month. St. Newman was a contemporary of our foundress, St. Jeanne Jugan, and probably knew our early communities in England. He...

Introducing your friends to Mary

The Mother of God, she is to us an example, a friend, a mother, the Queen of Heaven. She’s someone to whom we turn in trouble and sorrow, someone who intercedes for us at the highest...

Pope: Christians called to aid poor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time when “situations of injustice and human pain” seem to be growing around the globe, Christians are called to “accompany the victims, to see in...

Healthy boundaries help to prevent abuse

Our lives are made up of a series of relationships — including relationships between family members, colleagues, peers, acquaintances, mentors, our friends and other people in our lives.

Moving forward

One of those sentences that sets me off is, “We always used to do it this way.” Or any use of the verb “used to.” We say this often. “That new pizza shop is...

What does aridity mean in the life of prayer?

To answer this question, we need to ask another one: What caused this aridity (dryness, lifelessness) to occur? From a human perspective, it may be due to apathy, discouragement or fatigue.

Rediscover the saints

One of my favorite courses in the seminary was hagiography, the biographies of the saints. Nothing excited me more than studying the lives of these heroes of our faith. In every century God has...

Praise for St. John Henry Newman

“Otherwise, we’re going to come in for some loud throat clearing,” said a Protestant writer in the comment box. He objected, very politely, to Bishop Robert Barron calling the...

The saints, your BFFs

“The church in heaven is All Saints,” explained English priest and writer Ronald Knox. “The church in purgatory is All Souls. The church on earth is all...

Pray the rosary, pope asks

VATICAN CITY — Told that some people think Pope Francis isn’t exactly a fan of the rosary, Jesuit Father Federic Fornos practically shouted, “What?” “Pope...

Defending life: We have to start somewhere

Every four years since 1976, the Catholic bishops of the United States have issued a statement helping the faithful to “interpret the signs of the times” as our country approaches a...

Grooming: Psychological, physical and community

The Protecting God’s Children program highlights three important tactics that child abusers employ to get closer to children so that they can molest them, called grooming techniques. It is...

Righteous among the nations

She died just three weeks ago, at the age of 99 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Diet Eman was a hero you probably never heard of. I hadn’t. Her story appeared on the Accidental Talmudist...

Doxing: What is that?

On June 20, the Washington Post reported, “Ex-Senate staffer sentenced to 4 years for ‘doxing’ GOP senators in Kavanaugh confirmation fight.” The newspaper article relayed...

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Defend human dignity, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The dignity and rights of people with disabilities are increasingly threatened by a society that discriminates and views them as a burden, Pope Francis said.

In a...

Cases against priests found to be credible

The Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Independent Review Board has reached a determination regarding cases of four priests who have been on administrative leave after being accused of having sexually...

Youth conference: Rowdy to reverent

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Outside, a cold drizzle dampened Indianapolis Nov. 21.

Inside the city’s convention center, however, it seemed as if the pure joy and enthusiasm of 20,000...

Faith

Defend human dignity, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The dignity and rights of people with disabilities are increasingly threatened by a society that discriminates and views them as a burden, Pope Francis said.

In a...

Cases against priests found to be credible

The Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Independent Review Board has reached a determination regarding cases of four priests who have been on administrative leave after being accused of having sexually...

Youth conference: Rowdy to reverent

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Outside, a cold drizzle dampened Indianapolis Nov. 21.

Inside the city’s convention center, however, it seemed as if the pure joy and enthusiasm of 20,000...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT

A discussion on “Gifts of the Holy Spirit” will be part of Oakland Prayer Group’s next informal evening of prayer, praise and teaching...

Around the Diocese

GLOBAL DIVINE MERCY

On Saturday, Dec. 7, 10-10:30 a.m., Eternal World Television Network will broadcast program showing students, staff and clergy from Archangel...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

PASTA WITH PURPOSE

St. Titus Parish in Aliquippa is hosting a benefit spaghetti dinner Sunday, Nov. 24, at the B.P.O. Elks Lodge, 2655 Broadhead Road in Aliquippa. Proceeds...

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LAMB OF GOD

Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Court 277 will host a Spirit-filled retreat titled “Lamb of God,” led by Father Nicholas Vaskov, on Saturday, Nov. 9,...

Calendar

Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

Christmas bake sale, 11:45 a.m. (following 10:30 a.m. Mass), St. Benedict the Moor Parish, 91 Crawford St., Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Featuring...

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, DEC. 9

Preview Day, for high school juniors and seniors and transfer students, 4:30-7 p.m., La Roche University, 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless Township. Includes...

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, DEC. 1

Eucharistic adoration, 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. Sebastian Parish, 311 Siebert Road, Ross Township.

MONDAY, DEC. 2

Prayers for healing,...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20

Vendor show, 5-8 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 154 Orchard Ave., Emsworth. For information, call 412-761-6651.

Suicide loss support group, 7-8:30...


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