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Posted: Fri. Apr., 11, 2014

April may be National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the work to prevent child abuse is an ongoing effort conducted with constant vigilance.

 Tragically, child sexual abuse is a prevalent issue in every segment of our population. It happens in private homes, public institutions, schools and even religious institutions. The statistics are difficult to hear and digest but we must accept and understand them to affect change. One in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 11, 2014

Bishop David Zubik is photographed April 4 with Dr. Suzanne Mellon before a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral celebrating her inauguration as the 10th president of Carlow University. The entire week featured many events to mark Mellon's formal installation, including ceremonies April 5 on the Carlow Campus in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 11, 2014

 The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas as penance. 

 Pope Boniface VIII revived the pilgrimage tradition in 1300 with the establishment of the jubilee year, and Rome became a center for pilgrimages. 

Posted: Fri., Apr. 11, 2014

 Catholics in Pittsburgh are making a huge difference in Peru through the Chimbote Foundation.

 Gretchen Roos, board member of the Chimbote Foundation since 2008, shared the foundation's mission March 23 during Our Lady of Joy Parish's annual Mission Dinner. Besides being a Chimbote board member and featured speaker during the evening, Roos is the niece of the late Msgr. Jules Roos, who founded the Center for Social Works in Chimbote and began the "Bridge of Love" from Peru to Pittsburgh.

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Reaching down with a hand up

By: BOB DE WITT

Correspondent

1649 Mother Teresa's lifelong devotion to caring for the poor and sick inspired millions worldwide, and her holy example lives on in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 04, 2014

Bishop David Zubik lifts the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament March 30 during a Gorzkie Zale (Polish Lenten lamentations) service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 04, 2014

Bishop David Zubik said clergy are heeding the call to make ordinary pastoral ministry more inclusive and open on every level so that they inspire more participation by the faithful and make their parishes more vibrant.

 He senses a contagious joy and enthusiasm among them.

 "There is a new enthusiasm in trying to make new disciples for Jesus by way of evangelization," he said.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 04, 2014

Great food and great friends are the recipe for the Lenten fish fry at St. Agnes in Richeyville.

 "If you want a place to be with friends and experience good ethnic cooking, this is the place to be," said volunteer Donna Ewedosh.

 The Washington County parish has slightly more than 200 families, but it serves an average of 600 people on Fridays.

Posted: Fri., Apr. 04, 2014

One of the very special people in my life is my 91-year-old aunt and godmother, whom I affectionately call "Chocha" (the Slovak name for "Aunt"). She is a tough-as-nails kind of lady. Fiercely independent. Very determined. Most observant.  You never have to guess what she's thinking. You gotta love her as she is.

 Several years ago, she had to make one of those tough decisions — to downsize. The time had come for her to sell her home in Ambridge, a home in which she lived for 60 years plus.

Deadline: April 11, 2014.

Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized together next April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. (CNS photos)


April in Rome: Join the crowd

By: ANN RODGERS

 When people ask about the highlights of my 33-year career as a religion journalist, the first thing that comes to mind is covering the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II.