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Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

Seton-LaSalle High School was closed April 8-10 after the principal and some faculty members received threatening e-mails from an unknown sender.

The FBI and local police are investigating the e-mails, which mentioned past violent attacks at schools in Littleton, Colorado, and New Town, Connecticut.

As a precautionary measure, classes were canceled April 8-9, and students used their Chromebook computers to access classwork from home April 10. Normal classes resumed April 13 at the Mount Lebanon school.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

Local families whose members wish to grow closer to each other and to God can now use credit cards — and apply for scholarships — to attend the World Meeting of Families and papal visit in Philadelphia.

In a departure from past practice, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is now able to accept payment by credit card for the pilgrimage. The diocese is also offering generous financial aid and has extended the registration deadline to June 1. The meeting, which takes place Sept. 22-27, will conclude with Mass offered by Pope Francis.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is embarking on a dynamic planning initiative focused on growth through evangelization, Bishop David Zubik announced in an April 12 letter to the faithful.

The initiative, On Mission for The Church Alive!, invites Catholics to take part in an expanded effort to spread the love of Jesus to every person they meet.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

It being the start of the season when hope still beats in each fan’s heart, we need a little lectio oldballgameio — a Catholic baseball story.

In an early August 1905 ballgame at Exposition Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side (called Allegheny City at the time), a priest decked the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Barney Dreyfuss. Bishop Regis Canevin was so upset that he banned all his priests from attending baseball games ever more.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

Cardinal Francis E. George, OMI, retired archbishop of Chicago and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from 2007-2010, was an exemplary servant of the Church, distinguished by his kindness and intellect, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of USCCB.

Cardinal George, who retired in 2014, died April 17, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 78.

Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:

Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

A discussion on “From Conflict to Communion,” Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, is set for Wednesday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

The event for clergy, religious, teachers, lay rostered leaders and other interested Christians is sponsored by the bishops of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Byzantine Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Lutheran Synod.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 17, 2015

We are grateful that Justice Alito has stayed the order of the Third Circuit, which would have jeopardized the future of Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh with heavy fines for refusing to facilitate certain government mandates which the Catholic Church deems immoral.  This stay is a welcome but interim step in pursuit of the religious freedom that our laws and Constitution have guaranteed to all Americans. We remain in prayer that justice will prevail and that Catholic Charities will be allowed to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.


Posted: Tues., Apr. 14, 2015

The president of CNEWA, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has authorized the immediate release of $686,000 to assist the Christian community in the Middle East as part of CNEWA’s ongoing commitment to the region’s churches and their humanitarian and pastoral initiatives. 

The aid targets those most in need, he stated, and will be administered by CNEWA’s partners on the ground. The funds represent a portion of CNEWA’s allocation from the voluntary collection taken up last autumn in dioceses across the United States. Support includes:

To access Our Campaign for the Church Alive!, click here.

Church Crawl set for April 19

By: Bob De Witt 


Posted: Fri., Apr. 10, 2015

Susan Etters has been blind since birth, but she has never let it stop her from being active in her faith.

She was recently part of a Lenten evening discussion at St. James in Sewickley that reflected on Bishop David Zubik’s pastoral letter, “The Church Evangelizing!”

“Sue has a level of focus that lets nothing hinder her,” said Patricia Grey, who helped organize the sessions. “She wants to belong, be involved and help and share as we all do.”