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Clergy lead by example



 Thomas Edison once remarked, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

 Father Paul Grunebach didn't miss out.

Posted: Mon., July 21, 2014

 Less than two months before it opens its doors for the first time, the hallways of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township are coming to life.

With construction officially in the transition stage, finishing touches are being added to the building, and furnishings and supplies are being brought in.

 The media got a first-hand glimpse of the facility during a July 9 tour.

Posted: Thurs., July 03, 2014

 Bishop David Zubik has announced staff changes in some key diocesan posts as part of an effort to position church administration to assist parishes with the New Evangelization.

 "As a bishop I am blessed to be supported by a team of highly skilled people who are experts in their field and have a great heart for serving our Lord," Bishop Zubik said. "These assignments will allow each of them to focus on what he or she does best, while bringing a new generation into church leadership."

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture launches a #PAUSEforPeace Campaign for the World Cup soccer game. The hope is to have a moment of silence around Sunday's World Cup soccer match to remember those impacted by war and suffering worldwide. For more information, click here.

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

The completion of the yearlong expansion of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Downtown Pittsburgh was celebrated with a blessing and rededication of the facility June 2.

 Bishop David Zubik presided at the ceremonies. He was joined by Rich Fitzgerald, chief executive of Allegheny County, and corporate dignitaries.

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

 In an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, the Pennsylvania Legislature has passed "Chloe's Law," which requires medical practitioners to give accurate information about Down syndrome and about support services for children with Down syndrome, to parents whose unborn child has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder.

 Currently about 90 percent of such parents choose to abort their Down syndrome child. Down syndrome causes short stature, low muscle tone, slanted eyes, broad facial features and a varying degree of intellectual impairment.

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

Bicycle riding is great exercise that highlights God's creation of the great outdoors. One Beaver County parish has a club that links all those elements. 

 Greg Kalamasz started the St. Blaise Bicycle Club last year at his parish in Midland. After igniting his own passion for cycling six years ago, he shared his newfound love of the sport with friends at work and in the community. He fell in love with trails he found throughout the area.

Posted: Fri., July 11, 2014

 It was only one month ago that Pope Francis hosted a meeting of top Israeli and Palestinian officials at the Vatican. The Pope's purpose was to bring together leaders, who rarely encounter one another face to face, to dialogue and to pray for peace. At the meeting, the Pope reminded the leaders of how deeply their people were "aching for peace." At the same time, he acknowledged that every time the two parties "have been on the verge of peace ... the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it."

Posted: Fri., June 11, 2014

She was one of the most famous imposters in the history of the United States, yet her story can still be found in the book racks and is widely repeated on the Internet. Maria Monk was the 19th century woman who claimed to be a nun who finally escaped after years of torture and sexual degradation at a convent in Canada.

At the Arnold Palmer Airport ready to board flight to Chimbote! God bless them! Vaya con Dios!