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Posted: Fri. Feb. 05, 2016

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Pope Francis says that, during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, “Making a pilgrimage to shrines is one of the most eloquent expressions of the faith of a people for God … This popular religiosity is an authentic form of evangelization that must be promoted and emphasized, without minimizing its importance,” he said Jan. 21 in Rome to 3,000 leaders of pilgrimages and rectors of shrines.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

In what has become a tradition on the weekend just before Ash Wednesday, a special issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic is mailed directly to your home. This is a gift from your neighborhood parish.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

Ben White, 16, knew he was making a difference rebuilding homes in Appalachia on parish mission trips when he met a boy who didn’t know the Lord’s Prayer. He took a marker and wrote it on a scrap of wood. The next day, he was surprised to learn that the 6-year-old had memorized it.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Rebecca Dussault, an American cross-country skier who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, is scheduled to speak April 16 as part of the diocesan Conference for Catholic Women at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township.

Born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado, Dussault has appeared on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” TV show, speaks to conferences about her active Catholic lifestyle and how faith keeps her focused in today’s hectic world.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

By Christopher Chapman

Book Review

“Something More Pastoral: The Mission of Bishop, Archbishop and Cardinal Donald Wuerl,” by Ann Rodgers and Mike Aquilina. Lambing Press (lambingpress.com), 2015. 315 pages. $13.95.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

St. Anthony School Programs announced recently that it will open a new inclusive classroom program for students with intellectual disabilities/autism beginning in the 2016-17 school year at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township.

With programs operating at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakwood neighborhood and Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, the St. Anthony program at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic will be the first of its type in the northern part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

By Sister Geraldine Wodarczyk

As Catholics, we have much to celebrate. And I’m going to tell you about a special celebration coming in March, for sisters, brothers and others in consecrated life who are involved in the fine and performing arts.

But planning a celebration can be complicated, especially when it is layered by other celebrations. That happens often in a church with nearly 2,000 years of history.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

After their landlord failed to pay overdue utility bills, two local families suddenly were without shelter. But Catholic Charities helped them find new homes and new hope for the future.

One family was an elderly woman in a wheelchair whose daughter was recovering from major surgery. The other family was a single mom with two teenage children who were doing well in school. It was critical that their education wasn’t interrupted.

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

By Father Tom Kunz

“Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness” (Joel 2:12-13).

Posted: Fri., Feb. 05, 2016

By Father Ken Marlovits

On the day of my ordination, Bishop David Zubik challenged me and my classmates (Mike Ackerman, Mike Conway and Tom Schluep) to live our priesthood as “men of mercy.”

He commissioned us to preach with joy and hope so that all people would be able to receive the compassion of Jesus Christ. He specifically wanted us to be men of mercy because he knows that the mercy of the Lord is, as Pope Francis has since said, “a wellspring of joy, serenity and peace.”