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“Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.” — John 17:17

Congress is facing an emotional debate — should tax dollars intended to support women’s health go to organizations that promote abortion, like Planned Parenthood?

Catholics in Pennsylvania will have a rare chance to encounter one of the most influential Catholic thinkers of the last two centuries.

The National Institute for Newman Studies, based in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, is hosting “A Celebration of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman” Oct. 14-16. Events include an ongoing exhibit as well as a lecture and workshop.

Our Lady of Grace

The school is embarking on a preschool-through-eighth-grade initiative to expose all students to creative problem solving by introducing them to interdisciplinary projects that use 21st century skills. The skills are taught through an emerging STREAM approach that combines the areas of science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and math to design projects and solve problems collaboratively.

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (CNS) — Pope Francis arrived in the United States the late afternoon of Sept. 22 to begin his first apostolic journey as pontiff.

His plane, an Alitalia jetliner, touched down at Joint Base Andrews near Washington at 3:51 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, nine minutes ahead of schedule.

Posted: 9/30/15

When you throw a celebration, Jesus told his followers, you must seek out and celebrate with those who have disabilities. That is what Bishop David Zubik will do Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral as he inaugurates a yearly diocesan celebration for disability awareness. Everyone is welcome.

Posted: 9/30/15

Ten years ago, Jim Zern was living an average life. He said he wasn’t broken, had no vices, and had a great wife and kids. 

But he was empty inside. It took a last-minute invitation to a Gathering of Catholic Men to change his life.

PHILADELPHIA — The glare of television lights cut the predawn darkness Sept. 22 as a delegation of three buses prepared to depart St. Paul Seminary.

Bishop David Zubik was on hand to bid farewell to the pilgrims, and he led a brief prayer service.

Helene Paharik, diocesan associate general secretary, then led the gathering of “Here we go, pilgrims, here we go.”

Posted: 9/30/15

By Bob De Witt 


When the members of four neighboring parishes were challenged to work together with their clergy to revitalize Catholic ministry in their aging communities, they knew they would need assistance.

Posted: 9/30/15

The diaconate ordination of diocesan seminarian Adam Potter in Rome Oct. 1 is sure to be an extraordinary extended-family celebration.

Expected to be in attendance are his parents, Heidi and Scott Potter, and three of his five siblings, about 40 family members from across the United States, along with more than 50 members of his home parish, St. Bernard in Mount Lebanon, and Madonna del Castello and Word of God parishes, which he has served for three summers.

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