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Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won ...

21 men begin deacon program

Twenty-one men from throughout the diocese marked the start of the initial phase of the Deacon Formation Program with an opening Mass celebrated by Bishop David Zubik on May 10 at St. Paul Seminary in ...

Mission societies connect in many ways

VATICAN CITY — Making connections — not just collections — drives the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies.That is why the United States’ office tapped into the rich digita ...

Events to tout religious ed

Three events are planned in early June to promote Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious education program for children ages 3-12.An organ concert, “Transformed and Renewed,” will fe ...

Pope canonizes Fatima seers

FATIMA, Portugal — Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the cal ...

Diocese honors outstanding Catholic young people

Twelve youths in the Diocese of Pittsburgh were recognized May 9 for exemplifying the qualities of moral integrity, prayerfulness, good works and Christian leadership.Bishop David Zubik presented St. ...

Feast of Ascension, holy day of obligation

The feast of the Ascension, which recalls Christ’s rising into heaven, is Thursday, May 25. It is a holy day of obligation, meaning that all Catholics are required to attend Mass.Ascension is th ...

Bishop Zubik's statement on John "Jack" Donahue

Jack Donahue was truly a pillar of our Pittsburgh community, and it is with great sorrow that I learned of his passing.It has often been said that Jack’s life was focused on the three F’s ...

DNC chairman, leader of pro-life Democrats to meet

WASHINGTON — After a furor erupted over his statement that the Democratic Party should support only those candidates who support legal abortion, Democratic National Committee chairman Thomas Per ...

Parish groupings proposed

Parishioners are providing final feedback as they review proposed groupings of parishes in the On Mission for The Church Alive! planning initiative.All 188 current parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburg ...

Big beads at St. Bede

Students at St. Bede School in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood participate in an outdoor rosary May 12 using attached beach balls. The event was held in conjunction with the 100th anniver ...

Street ministry making inroads

Standing before a group of adults in a church hall, 14-year-old Kayvon thought for a moment about the question: How is your relationship with Jesus?“Better than before,” he said with a gri ...

Dresses donated to Peru children

After watching a TV news report about Americans making clothes for children in foreign missions, Sister Elaine Hromulak decided to start her own network of seamstresses.The member of the School Sister ...

School News

St. Anthony program switches to two-classroom model

School News

St. Anthony School Programs will move to a two-classroom model at St. Thomas More School for the 2016-17 school year. The new set-up will offer a more age-appropriate setting for the progra ...

Students, educators honored nationally

School News

St. Joseph High School junior Isabelle Schroeder was one of 3,000 students from around the world to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.

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Students named 'Write Thing' winners

Catholic schools were well represented among the six overall winners in the annual “Do the Write Thing” Challenge, an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. 

The challen ...

Faith

Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

MALMO, Sweden — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said.

At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast o ...

Around The Diocese

Around the Diocese

HANDBELL CONCERT

St. James Parish in Sewickley will participate in a community handbell concert Sunday, May 21, at St. Stephen Anglican Church, 405 Frederick St. in Sewickley. Concert is free and open ...

AROUND THE DIOCESE

OUR LADY OF FATIMA

Our Lady of Loreto Parish in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood will celebrate a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. Following Mass will be an o ...

Around the Diocese

MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township is sponsoring a three-week series in May for Mental Health Awareness Month. Held on Thursdays, series will feature professional speakers a ...

Around the diocese

END OF LIFE PLANNING

St. Christopher Parish in Prospect plans seminars on “End of Life Planning” from 7-9 p.m. in the church hall. Schedule of topics and presenters: Monday, May 1, elder la ...

Columns

Rosary Makers mark 10 years

There are no idle hands in the Rosary Makers ministry at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler.

In the past 10 years, at least 1,000 rosaries have been made each month and, to date, more than 79,0 ...

Heavenly lights

I am a sunset bigot. Give me a sunset over Cape Cod Bay and everywhere else is just getting dark. It’s not that I mean to insult God’s creation at work anywhere. But having seen the best, ...

Know-Nothings incited fear of Catholics

QUESTION: Is it true that in the United States a major political party nominated a person for president of the United States on a platform of anti-Catholicism?

ANSWER: Yes, and that political party was ...

Five foundations of committed Christian living

“If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9). The first foundation of committed living is, in a word, fidelity to God’s guiding will. Faith in Jesus C ...


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