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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee’s chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge “very disturbing,” Cardinal Dolan urged party members to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.”

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By Bob De Witt 


For nearly two decades, youth minister Emily Belchick has seen young people who are raised Catholic drift away from the church as they head off to college and into the workforce.

Many are swept up in cultural currents because they lack a spiritual anchor, never having experienced a personal relationship with Jesus.

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.   

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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.  

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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.