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Bishop David A. Zubik

Bishop of Pittsburgh

“Missionaries of Mercy”

May 20, 2016

Back in the 1950’s, when I was a tyke growing up in the Beaver County town of Ambridge, there were seven steel mills and seven Catholic churches. We were a town that knew the value of hard work. We were a town that knew the meaning of deep faith.

In response to last night’s Senate vote on the “skinny repeal” bill, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has issued the following statement:    

Father Ronald P. Lengwin, Vicar for Church Relations of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, has been named a Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Francis. With this honor, Father Lengwin receives the title of monsignor.

In requesting this honor, Bishop David A. Zubik noted how Monsignor Lengwin has faithfully served the Church of Pittsburgh for over fifty years.

Pope Francis greets Bishop David Zubik at the April 27 gathering of the Papal Foundation in Rome. Each spring, members of the foundation make a pilgrimage to Rome and present to the pope the projects they have funded for the year. This year’s grants total $10 million.

October 15, 2017

Who has God created and called you to be? How is He inviting you to serve Him? Delve into your deepest identity as a son or daughter of God and learn how to witness your Catholic faith to the culture through Faith Afloat, a cruise for high school students on the Gateway Clipper Empress on Sunday, October 15, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The cruise will include dinner, a talk by Father Tom Sparacino, a witness by Theresa Sullivan, and praise and worship led by Dave Belkowski. Vocations Director Father Mike Ackerman will emcee the event. The cruise costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

On behalf of those whose voices may not be heard at this critical time, those living  in poverty, in nursing homes and with disabilities, I urge our senators to remove from the proposed Senate health care bill provisions that will severely limit health care access for those most in need.

A crowd accompanies a statue of St. Anthony of Padua on June 10 following a Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Money pinned to the statue represents prayers to the saint that were answered.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in the wake of the latest attack on Christians in the Middle East. In what officials are calling a terrorist attack, masked gunmen opened fire on a bus that killed 28 people including men, women and children. State TV is reporting the Coptic Christians were attacked while on their way to Mass at the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya province, located about 140 miles south of Cairo. Many children are reported among the dead.

Without intending to, I have become a user and a fan of the ride-sharing service Uber. It gets me where I need to go, when I need to be there. And it’s also taught me something about faith.

As many of you know, Uber is an alternative transportation service, using drivers who hire out their personal cars and their time to take riders from one place to another, from one neighborhood to another.

By Bob De Witt 


It was an unusual sight — an urban Catholic church on a Saturday evening filled with young adults, families and older couples lifting their voices in song. The Festival of Praise held every month at Holy Apostles Parish in South Pittsburgh draws parishioners, members of neighboring parishes and even some non-Catholics for contemporary music and prayer.