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'Bombshell' highlights corrosive workplace

NEW YORK — Ripped from the headlines, as the saying goes, “Bombshell” (Lionsgate) dramatizes the real-life story of the sexual harassment scandal that swamped the Fox News organizat

Creches tell Nativity story amid local culture

DAYTON, Ohio — Each culture, if not every home, has its own unique rendition of the Nativity. The Christ Child may lay on a manger made from materials as diverse as wax, blown glass, yarn, papi

Christmas hope amid despair

BEIRUT — Four-year-old Celine Khater, encouraged by her father, proudly offered the scouts a heavy grocery bag containing rice, pasta and cookies. It was a teachable moment for children to help

Climate groups vow to maintain pressure

OXFORD, England — Catholic campaigners voiced frustration over a lack of progress at U.N. climate talks in Spain, but vowed to step up demands for firmer international action. “It’s

Come to the manger!

Christmas 2019 My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This Christmas, come to the manger. Come and see Jesus, our long-awaited Savior, come to earth as a fragile baby. Come see Him lying in a crib c

North Catholic students return to school's roots

North Catholic High School left Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood in 2014, but it maintains its roots in the community through its annual Christmas on Troy Hill celebration. The sixth ev

Christmas a mix of Gospel accounts

QUESTION: I assumed that the “Christmas story,” as we know it, comes right out of the Bible. But as I read the Gospels, no one Gospel has the whole story. Why is that, and how do we know

Christ is with us now and always

QUESTION: Our culture makes a clear connection between Christmas and New Year’s. The liturgy does not seem to make that connection nor celebrate the new year at all. Why is that?   ANSWER:

Imitate Pete Frates, says priest at funeral

WASHINGTON — At a packed funeral Mass in Boston Dec. 13 for Pete Frates, whose battle with ALS helped propel the viral ice bucket challenge, the homilist urged the congregation to face adversit

Holy Land pilgrimage a 'faith enhancement'

There is nothing like a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to refresh and enliven your faith. Michael and Ginni Slomkowski of West Deer have been on two trips to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and their li

Eight groupings to merge and create new parishes

Eight groupings of parishes will merge Jan. 6, 2020, creating eight new parishes, Bishop David Zubik announced. Twenty-six parishes will come together to form the eight new parishes. The mergers are

True to character

Recently, my cousin Karen, who sends me a number of text messages each week, passed on to me a photo from the archives of our home parish, Good Samaritan in Ambridge. The photo was of a young man dre

U.S. brother beatified in Guatemala

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala (CNS) — Christian Brother James Miller taught students and served as a vice principal at the La Sallian Christian Brothers school in this impoverished pocket of rural G

Jesus fulfilled promise to David

QUESTION: Jesus is called “Son of David” in the Bible. What does it mean and why is it so important for the writers of the New Testament? QUESTION: Reading the Bible, I have seen all the

'One of the great callings in my life'

Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler said that as he got older, he began to think more and more about who would be able to carry on his work at the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is supp

'Dark Waters' dives into environmental drama

NEW YORK — Eventually, there may be a movie focused on some travail affecting people in West Virginia without John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on the soundtrack. Or one that portrays

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Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese


Father John Odeyemi will present "And Their Eyes Were Open at the Breaking of the Bread," on Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sacred Heart Parish in Pittsburgh's...

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The following information was missing from the parish Lenten activity listings, published in the Feb. 21 issue.



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Transfiguration, Russellton, and St. Victor, Bairdford

Ash Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Victor Activity...

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“Divine Mercy: Sharing What We Receive” will be presented by Father Tom Gramc on Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial, starting at 2...


Lent as a time for embraces

Over time, certain passages of Scripture reach beyond the realm of the sacred to find a place in our culture’s lexicon of colloquial expressions. “To every thing there is a...

Lenten promises to keep

You may or may not give more in Lent, the way the Church asks you to. Many of us could be more generous than we are. I certainly could be. Whatever you do in Lent, you know you should give to the...

Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar

WASHINGTON — When it comes to the three pillars of Lent, almsgiving is a little bit like the middle child, not always getting the attention that prayer and fasting do.

The word hardly...

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