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Report on religion restrictions gives U.S. bad marks

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The Pew Research Center’s annual report on restrictions on religion worldwide showed the United States had the worst scores in the Americas in three of the eight categories P More

St. Sylvester School in Brentwood to close

In light of rapidly declining enrollment and in response to a request from Father Steve Kresak, administrator of the grouping in which St. Sylvester Parish and School are located, Bishop David Zubik

'Dad-vocate' with powerful message

CHARLESTON, S.C. — While most of the country was winding down from its Independence Day festivities, another type of celebration was underway at the National Right to Life Convention July 5-6 i

'Crawl' is a frightening thriller

NEW YORK — What Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" did for sharks, director Alexandre Aja's deliberately claustrophobic chiller "Crawl" (Paramount) sets out to do for alligators. The result involves som

The solitude of retreats

Many Catholics ask how they can deepen their prayer life and the awareness of the divine presence in everyday life. In a recent column (June 14 issue), I discussed how retreats play an important role

Young adults learn how to blend faith, busy lives

When Evan Marone began working in Downtown Pittsburgh, a family friend who is a priest recommended that he check out the Young Catholic Professionals of Pittsburgh. Attending Wednesday noon Masses at

Msgr. John Kozar named top publisher

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Msgr. John Kozar, a Pittsburgh priest who is president of Catholic Near East Welfare Association and publisher of CNEWA’s ONE magazine, is the 2019 winner of the Ca

Ward Home joins in work of Auberle

Local social service agencies Auberle and Ward Home recently announced plans to have Ward Home join Auberle’s Catholic family as a subsidiary of Auberle, effective July 1. Ward Home’s nam

Around the Diocese

HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED A night of healing and prayer, “To Heal the Broken Hearted: Praying with St. Charles the Saint of Mount Argus,” on Thursday, July 18, at St. Paul of the Cross Pass

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Festival of praise, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Sylvester Church, 3754 Brownsville Road, Brentwood. Hosted by Holy Apostles Parish, program will include Benediction, Eucharistic procession and

Father Gallitzin was a pioneer priest

QUESTION: We just visited a state park named after a “Prince Gallitzin.” Friends of ours said that the “prince” was a priest and should be a saint! What do we know about this

Put down the phone. Pray.

Sometimes you had to stop my parents’ car by pulling off the road and slamming on the brakes. It would keep accelerating until you did. You had to rev down the engine so you could drive away at

New 'Spider-Man' tells unique tale

NEW YORK — Snappy and substantial, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" (Columbia), director Jon Watts' follow-up to his 2017 feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming," is an adventure full of bloodless derring-

New parishes and school regions probe next steps

Leaders of the diocese’s five new parishes and two new school regions are encouraged by the positive response they have received as they seek to draw people into a deeper relationship with Jesu

Catacombs of Pittsburgh

In the early 1920s it was unlikely working-class Catholics could travel from “Dear old smoky Pittsburgh,” as Andrew Carnegie called it, and go on a religious pilgrimage to Europe or Canad

Vaccines preserve 'moral health' of communities

ALBANY, N.Y. — Measles, chicken pox and other diseases are making a comeback as more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children out of the fear of side effects, especially with regard

Changes to diocesan pastoral staff

Bishop David Zubik has announced multiple changes and appointments to his staff, which are intended to enhance the focus of his administration on supporting parishes and schools in their efforts to p

Diocese releases abuse-related expenses

Fulfilling promises that Bishop David Zubik made in his pastoral letter, The Church Healing, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has posted on its website, www.diopitt.org, information regarding financial cost

We cannot abandon our country

QUESTION: Almost every year on the Fourth of July I re-think my patriotism. I know I feel loyalty to the values of this great country. I know I am very grateful for the freedom I cherish. I know I am

Bishop Zubik appoints experts in healing, finance

Bishop David Zubik has created an advisory commission to assist him in monitoring progress on a five-point action plan outlined in his March 6 pastoral letter on response to sexual abuse, The Church

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The Serving our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a free education seminar, “What is...

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“Many Parts, One Body” is the theme of a Night of Worship (NOW) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township, starting at 7 p.m. Service...

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A panel of ecumenical clergy will discuss how holy Communion is practiced among various Christian traditions on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St. in...


The language of love and service

During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet...

Addressing suicide

People got upset. Last week the Associated Press ran a story about an elderly man in Seattle who was dying of cancer and decided to get help to end his life. You can do that legally in Washington...

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