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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,...

Six men begin seminary studies

The journey of discernment has started for six men who entered St. Paul Seminary in Crafton this year. The new seminarians come from various walks of life, but their main focus is on doing...

St. James in Wilkinsburg to mark its 150th

Parishioners, clergy, friends and neighbors plan to gather Sunday, Nov. 24, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in the...

Third time is charm for 'Charlie's Angels'

NEW YORK — The mantra for a film industry obsessed with remakes and reboots could be "Everything old is new again." The latest example: "Charlie's Angels" (Columbia), the third film...

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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...

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,...

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DINNER RESERVATION

Saturday, Nov. 2, is deadline for public to make reservations for annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Nicholas Parish in Millvale. Hosted by the...

Columns

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...


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