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Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By William Cone Editor

The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Italy from Oct. 10-20, led by Bishop David Zubik. Besides the usual advantages of travel — getting out of your routine and gaining new experiences — here are 10 reasons to join this pilgrimage:

Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By ROBERT P. LOCKWOOD

It is characteristic of some very bad ideas that they smell nice, but stink up the place when put into practice.

One of the classic bad ideas that persists in our own time is that there exists a true and perfect “science of society.” Widespread in the 19th century, this “scientism” became an ersatz religion, attributing an unchallengeable scientific gloss to pet theories of how humanity should collectively organize itself.

Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

Two years ago, a delegation of six local Catholics made up the first mission team to the diocesan medical mission in Chimbote, Peru. The number grew to 10 last year.

This year, 36 will travel to Chimbote in two teams. Team 3A will leave Pittsburgh July 1 and return July 11, while Team 3B will leave July 7 and return July 17. The teams will come together for a Mass on the day their trips overlap.

Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

Among the reasons that the Catholic Church marks the Fortnight for Freedom observance, said Bishop David Zubik, is that Catholics need to be able to stand firm in their conviction to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.

“As important as it is for us to be patriots for the country to which we belong, it is first and foremost imperative that we be faithful witnesses of the life that we have received from Christ Jesus at the moment of our baptism,” he said.

Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By Bob De Witt

Correspondent

Nearly 200 members from 30 parishes turned out June 20 for the first of 18 summer sessions to learn more about On Mission for The Church Alive! and upcoming consultation meetings.

“We are living in a time of change,” said Father John Marcucci in his presentation at St. Ferdinand in Cranberry Township. “We need effective ways to bring people back to the church, engage young Catholics and care for the aging.”

Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By Michael E. Dern 

Correspondent

Dr. Ronald Arnett, professor of communication and rhetorical studies at Duquesne University, has been appointed to the advisory board of a new international academic journal that analyzes communication of the Catholic faith.

Posted: Fri., June 24, 2016

From the blood-stained floor of a gay night club in Orlando, to the bodies carried from a South Carolina Bible study, to the murder of family members in their own back yard in Wilkinsburg, we have all witnessed the horror of gun violence.

Jesus is weeping with us and for us.

It is time for us as a nation to require at least as much from those purchasing guns as we expect from those making application for a driver’s license. Public safety must always come first.

On the Care of our Common Home

To visit the Vatican's new website for Laudato Si', click here.

In remarks in advance of World Refugee Day, celebrated June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon Catholics to remember that there are many different types of refugees in the world.

Posted: Fri., June 17, 2016

Forty-three students competed May 11 in the 23rd Annual Diocesan Spelling Bee at St. Louise de Marillac School in Upper St. Clair.

The competition is open to students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, and each school selects one winner to vie in the diocesan contest.

This year’s first-place winner was Anthony Spalvieri, a fifth-grader at St. Kilian School in Adams/Cranberry townships. His parents are Tony and Pam Spalvieri, and this was his first time participating in the Diocesan Spelling Bee.