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Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015

By William Cone Editor

Catherine of Siena, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Benedict and Scholastica. These holy men and women of God will be venerated during a Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Italy in October 2016, led by Bishop David Zubik.

The pilgrims from Pittsburgh plan to visit the hometowns of those beloved saints, departing Oct. 10 and returning Oct. 20 with loads of unforgettable memories.

Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Churches in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will have their doors open and their lights on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. to welcome Catholics seeking a life-changing experience of God’s mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.

The campaign, called The Light is On for You!, is part of a twice-a-year national initiative that was created in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in Advent 1999 as a means to prepare for the coming of the new millennium.

Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015


Associate Editor

Father Fernando Torres took an interesting — and circuitous — journey to be a priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Father Torres is a parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Pittsburgh’s Beechview neighborhood, and Our Lady of Loreto and St. Pius X parishes in the city’s Brookline neighborhood. As part of his duties, he celebrates Spanish Masses for the growing Latino population in the area.

Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015

By Bob De Witt 


Maria Rajakovich is 21 years old, getting ready to graduate and find her way in the world. But she’s more than your typical college student.

Maria, who has Down syndrome, has been educated through St. Anthony School Programs, which provides an inclusive Catholic education to children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015

By Ann Rodgers 

General Manager

In response to Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to seek and experience God’s mercy through a Jubilee Year of Mercy, Bishop David Zubik will open a special Holy Door of Mercy at St. Paul Cathedral during a Mass Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

The door will remain open through the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Nov. 20, 2016. Pope Francis will open the first Holy Door of Mercy at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Laudato Si' (Praised Be)

Pope Francis recently declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. To access the Holy Father's "A Christian prayer in union with creation," click here.

There is also a prayer resource available for the Sept. 1 day of prayer for care of creation by clicking here.

Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015

This week’s issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is being mailed directly to your home through the kindness and generosity of your neighborhood parish. Consider this an early Christmas gift!

If you don’t see our newspaper very often, please read it and enjoy. We are proud to say that we have been around since 1844 and we are the largest-circulated weekly Catholic newspaper in the United States (and the largest weekly circulated newspaper in western Pennsylvania). We are available every week at your local Catholic parish.

Posted: Mon., Nov. 23, 2015

To read "Talking about Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the Wake of the Paris Attacks" from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, click here.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 20, 2015



The diocesan Office for Vocations is set to hold its Sixth Annual Christmas Discernment Retreat Dec. 18-20 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Findlay Township, near Pittsburgh International Airport.

The retreat is free of charge and open to men college-age and older who are discerning their vocation and open to learning more about the priesthood.

Posted: Fri., Nov. 20, 2015


Staff Writer

The Catholic Charities 25th Annual Father Marcus O’Brien Service Awards Dinner was more than just a recognition for jobs well done. It was an opportunity for families to come together in love and support.

The dinner, held Nov. 8 at the St. Elijah Serbian Center in Aliquippa, recognized Beaver County residents who were nominated through Beaver County parishes. It is named in honor of the late Father Marcus O’Brien, who directed Catholic Charities’ Beaver County office from 1970-78.