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Posted: Fri., Sept. 12, 2014

 "The Catholic Guy" is coming to Pittsburgh.

 Lino Rulli, host of a Sirius XM satellite radio show on The Catholic Channel, is set to broadcast live Sept. 15-19 from St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. His co-host will be Holly Joy Penzenstadler, associate director of the diocesan Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

 "The Catholic Guy with Lino Rulli" airs during drive time, 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The show's target audience is adults in their 20s and 30s.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 12, 2014

 Jim Corbett has bucked the odds and has a great story to tell, but his only goal is to make sure that people hear the story of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center and how it has helped people beat their odds.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 12, 2014

Like so many of you, I have been deeply troubled by the recent images and news stories that have come out of Syria and Iraq. With you, I mourn the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. With you, I am quite disturbed by the horrific brutality of actions that diminish the human dignity of both the victims and perpetrators: such atrocities as beheadings, mass murders and indiscriminate killing of civilian populations.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

When people would hear that he directed the parish choir, Daniel Ficarri said that they would often give him a quizzical look as if they did not believe him. And once he played the organ or piano for them, they often gave him the same quizzical look as if they could not believe what they had just heard.

 Such is life for a gifted teenage musician serving the church.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

The Serra Club of Pittsburgh held its 65th annual reception and dinner honoring the new priests of the diocese Aug. 20 at the LeMont Restaurant in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood.

 The priests, who were ordained by Bishop David Zubik on June 28, are Fathers Michael Ackerman, Michael Conway, Kenneth Marlovits and Thomas Schluep.

 As part of the gathering, the Serrans presented the annual Good Shepherd Award to Father Louis Vallone, pastor of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks and St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Crescent.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

Bishop David Zubik and Fr. Charles Bober, school president, greet student Kevin Connelly on the first day of classes Sept. 02 at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township. Fr. Thomas Burke, pastor of St. James in Sewickley, high-fives students Aug. 21. Fr. Terrence O'Connor of St. Therese of Lisieux in Munhall with second-graders Christopher Burgman, Cassidy Baxendell and Emma Chalus.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

At a recent Saturday morning Mass, I was among many people moved to tears as I gave Father Dennis Colamarino, pastor of Christ the Light of the World and St. Joseph parishes in Duquesne, the sacrament of anointing of the sick for healing and strength as he faces ALS — Lou Gehrig's disease. As you read in last week's Pittsburgh Catholic, after Mass we took the Ice Bucket Challenge together in the hope of support for a priest and his parishes.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

Some people were passing out tracts in Downtown Pittsburgh's Market Square recently. The tracts were titled "Love the Jewish People." It's hard to take issue with that sentiment. Until you read the tracts. And enter into the bizarre, hate-filled and paranoid world of Jack Chick.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 05, 2014

St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, 506 Saline St. in Pittsburgh's Greenfield neighborhood, will host "Crossing the Universe: The Faces of Catholicism," an all-night vigil commemorating the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, and ending at noon Sunday, Sept. 14.   

 The vigil is an opportunity for people of faith to participate in the prayers of the various Catholic churches that are essential facets of the culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse city of Pittsburgh.