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April 7, 2017 

Bishops echo call of Pope Francis to attain peace in Syria “through dialogue and reconciliation.” 

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, have issued a joint statement calling for renewed peace efforts in Syria.   

The full statement is as follows:    

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement on yesterday’s chemical weapons attack in northern Syria.  

Full statement follows: 

Please see below prayer booklets for 2017. 

Bishop David Zubik gestures while in the gymnasium of Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood March 17. The bishop celebrated Mass with faculty and students as part of a pastoral visit. He is also a member of its board of directors.

After the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24 2017, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, and Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida urged members of Congress to “seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship” and make necessary reforms on access, affordability, life and conscience.

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ruled that an accusation of child sexual abuse against the Rev. John P. Fitzgerald, 68, of the Diocese of Pittsburgh “has not been proven.” It could not be determined with certainty whether the abuse did or did not occur.

In addition, the Congregation has directed Bishop David Zubik to take appropriate action that provides for the welfare of all parties involved, including the welfare of the public.

Bishop David Zubik has fun with some of the young students during a Feb. 21 pastoral visit to the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood.

Bishop David A. Zubik has issued a dispensation for Saint Patrick's Day. However, Catholics are still encouraged to abstain from meat. Those who choose not to abstain are encouraged to do another act of self-sacrifice in the spirit of the season of Lent. For full text see the below letter.

Reformation service has been changed to April 4

As a sign that animosity can heal into friendship, Catholic and Lutheran leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania are holding a shared commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The first event will be “An Evening of Repentance” for harm done by followers of each tradition to the other. A public prayer service will take place on April 4th in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, Munhall.

Learn about marriage annulments

Divorced Catholics and everyone else who may be interested in learning about the annulment process are welcome to attend a free workshop with  Jay Conzemius, JCL, judge and moderator of the Diocesan Tribunal. He will speak at four locations. Topics include: theology of marriage; ministry of the tribunal; marriage annulment types; Pope Francis’ changes to marriage law; the no-fee process in the Diocese of Pittsburgh; why, when and how to start the petition for annulment; and an overview of the annulment process.