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Synod groups weigh in on Amazon rite, ministries

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Creating an Amazonian-rite liturgy and new ministries for laypeople, including the ordination of women deacons, are some of the recurring proposals made by small groups at the Sy More

What would Jesus preach today?

QUESTION: I am writing about the preaching I hear each weekend. I don’t need my priest lecturing me about the latest cause taken up by Hollywood celebrities and leftists. I need guidance for wo

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 Francis says t

Group hopes to acquire property for youth camp

Four priests are stepping out beyond their parish boundaries with a bold evangelical initiative to help young Catholics encounter God in nature, the sacraments and in one another. Fathers Joe Freedy,

Caritas works to assist displaced Syrians

AMMAN, Jordan — Church bells have been ringing in Qamishli and elsewhere in northeastern Syria, signaling the alarm to Christians and others of the ongoing Turkish military operation that is ha

Catholic terms may be unfamiliar

QUESTION: Father, regarding the recent question about corporal acts of mercy, you provided a nice history lesson, but you never answered the actual question: Why don’t we hear about the corpora

Donors reaching out to help those in need

The message was simple, but filled with love. “Please use the enclosed check to help those in need,” the woman wrote. “I am sending this in memory of my daughter who passed away rec

Capuchin priest ordained

Capuchin Father Tage Danielson was ordained to the priesthood Sept. 28 by Bishop David Zubik at St. Catherine of Sweden Church in Hampton Township. A native of Waterford in the Diocese of Erie, he at

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 impo

Maleficent: Misunderstood or wicked?

NEW YORK — The moral probing and feminist revisionism that characterized its 2014 predecessor are mostly absent from the routine follow-up "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" (Disney). So much so, t

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, OCT. 20 All-you-can-eat breakfast, 8 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 116 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu features scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage, toast, French toast, p

Sculptor hopes to convey welcoming message

VATICAN CITY — Since his election, Pope Francis has made the care and welcoming of migrants and refugees a cornerstone of his papacy. Nearly four months after ascending to the chair of St. Pete


ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS  Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Monastery, 148 Monaste

God 'wants the best for you,' speaker says

Two businesswomen living out their Catholic faith in an increasingly secular culture told young professionals how God has guided and opened doors for them. Former TV news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak, i

Jesus leads us to care for others

QUESTION: In the past, the church used to talk a lot about the “corporal works of mercy.” But I don’t hear much about that today. What has changed?   ANSWER: The corporal works

Will Smith stars in new sci-fi thriller

NEW YORK — Though it may be named after a heavenly constellation, the sci-fi action-thriller "Gemini Man" (Paramount) turns out to be less than stellar. Tedious in its storytelling, as penned b

Celebrating marital bonds that endure

After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with 50 friends and family members in June, Janet and Jack Mendel are looking forward to capping off their marriage milestone at the Golden Wedding An

Beware of bogus e-mails

An increasing number of parishioners have reported receiving bogus e-mails and text messages from scammers posing as their priests and asking for gift cards. Never respond to such a request, said Dea

Ladies of Charity Caregiving ready to serve

For about a year, the local Ladies of Charity organization has been nurturing an enterprise offering home care to people in the Pittsburgh region. Ladies of Charity Caregiving Inc. is a pilot project

Two appointed to senior staff posts

Bishop David Zubik is appointing two accomplished professionals to his senior staff to oversee community relations and finances. Former KDKA-TV anchor Jennifer Antkowiak will join the staff Nov. 1 as

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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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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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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...



Public is invited to “Southside Reconnect: Praying with St. Paul of the Cross,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at St. Paul of the Cross Passionist...


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.

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