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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...

In honor of the worker

Labor Day now pretty much means “the holiday that marks the end of summer.” Few people observe it as a celebration of labor, or know that labor unions first thought it up. Union...

To whom shall we go?

How do we live and remain faithful in the Catholic Church during a time of scandal? History teaches us that the community of believers called church have often done scandalous behaviors.

Reading Scripture with a grateful heart

The ideal way to read the Scriptures is to be informed by them and at the same time to be formed through them to live what we believe. Formative reading happens when we approach sacred texts as...

'Every day is a chance to start a new chapter'

A year ago, I sat on my couch, watched the news of the grand jury report, and sobbed. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and my heart ached for the victims, their families, the clergy,...

It's all part of the package

Fellow Pittsburgher Ronald Donatelli wants to tell his evangelical Protestant friends that Catholics are much worse than they think. He shared a “gotcha” post on Facebook. It’s...

Learning to trust in providence

For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States. Our sesquicentennial year will...

Exploring how faith groups can combat hate

WASHINGTON — Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers came face to face with hate and escaped its wrath Oct. 27, 2018, when it walked into the most unlikely of places: through the doors of his house of...

Driving under the influence of Jesus

There is a very powerful prayer from the 14th century called the Anima Christi, which means “the soul of Christ.” The prayer is still widely used today, usually after people receive...

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...

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...

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...

We have an opening

Things are grim, kind of like the Pirates’ season before the winning streak. Maybe not quite Baltimore Orioles grim, 7,000 games out of first-place grim. But bad. I mean the decline in...

The Eucharist, our strength

On Father’s Day, June 16, I received a call from a man who lives across the country, and I have known him for more than 30 years. He was victimized sexually at the hands of a priest as a...

Talk with youth about boundaries and safety

The information learned in this article will assist caring adults and parents with establishing and maintaining safety guidelines and principles to ensure all children are protected, and that...

Papal news conferences yield little tidbits

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ inflight news conferences are arguably less newsy than when his pontificate began, mostly because he has been insisting the past few years that most of the...

Two good summer reads

At the beginning of summer, a couple of suggestions for books to read. They’re not exactly beach reading. They’re books with meat on their bones, as my grandmother said about things...

Go deeper on retreat

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I want to experience a richer prayer life and a fuller life of devotion. I want to live my faith in a more meaningful way?” These thoughts are...

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NFL chaplain focuses on players' lives, faith

INDIANAPOLIS — As the Catholic chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts, Father Douglas Hunter has access to the training facility, the team meetings and the sidelines during games. He’s...

Faith

NFL chaplain focuses on players' lives, faith

INDIANAPOLIS — As the Catholic chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts, Father Douglas Hunter has access to the training facility, the team meetings and the sidelines during games. He’s...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA

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

Around the Diocese

NOW

“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...

Around the Diocese

CLERGY PANEL

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...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, SEPT. 23

Mass, celebrating St. Padre Pio, 7 p.m., St. Augustine Church of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, 225 37th St., Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 14

Festival of praise, “Being a Disciple of Jesus,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3109 Schieck St., Baldwin.

Weekly Calendar

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7

Flea market and Polish food sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friendship Hall of St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish, 857 Kenneth Ave., New Kensington. Food menu includes...

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3

Presentation, 7-8 p.m., Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish hall, 300 Pike St., Meadowlands. Pittsburgh author Lillie Leonardi, will discuss her memoir,...


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