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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... More

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...

PCC against Down syndrome veto

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference issued this statement Nov. 21 on Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 321, which would ban an abortion based solely on a prenatal...

'Light is On for You' Dec. 11

All parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will make the sacrament of reconciliation available Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 6-9 p.m. as part of “The Light is On for You” campaign. The...

Immaculate Conception feast Dec. 9

Dec. 8 is usually the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patronal feast day of the United States. But this year, because it falls on a Sunday, the Immaculate...

Pope marks 350th anniversary in Thailand

BANGKOK — Missionaries are not mercenaries, but beggars who recognize that some brothers and sisters are missing from the community and long to hear the good news of salvation, Pope Francis...

School choice bill applauded

HARRISBURG, Pa. — House Bill 1800, which provides school choice in the form of tuition scholarships to students and parents in the struggling Harrisburg School District, won approval by the...

Reject nuclear weapons, pope says

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Saying it is “perverse” to think the threat of nuclear weapons makes the world safer, Pope Francis urged a renewed commitment to disarmament and to the...

'Beautiful Day' spreads magic of Mr. Rogers

NEW YORK — Last year, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — filmmaker Morgan Neville’s documentary about iconic Pittsburgh public television children’s show host...

Advent calendars: Old tradition, modern message

WASHINGTON — The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the...

Two Felician novices profess first vows

The chapel of the Felician Sisters of North America Provincial House in Beaver Falls was filled to capacity Oct. 27 for the first profession of vows of Sisters Agnes Maria Trojnar and Gabriella...

Justice comes at a cost in '21 Bridges'

NEW YORK — The harshly violent crime drama "21 Bridges" (STX) never explores the many themes it hints at raising. There's a vengeful — or so we're told — police detective,...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

Columns

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...


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