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Posted: Fri., August 12, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

With an increasing number of people responding to images on a screen rather than words on paper, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is finding new ways of taking the Gospel to the millennial generation while staying connected to older audiences.

A grant made possible by sacrificial gifts through Our Campaign for The Church Alive! will provide mobile video production equipment, a new editing suite and remote-control high-definition video cameras to televise Masses from St. Paul Cathedral.

Posted: Fri., August 12, 2016

By Father Richard S. Jones

It is a human fact: we have a hard time accepting anything that is counter-cultural or goes against anything to which we’re accustomed. There are, however, those who have forged ahead through controversy and derision, ridicule and scorn, and even the threat of death — to speak up where or when they saw an abuse of power.

We hear about the story of Jeremiah, who, in order to silence him, was tossed into a cistern and left for dead. But how about prophets of our own era?

Posted: Wed., Aug. 10, 2016

We have always been willing to meet with representatives of the government to negotiate a mutually agreeable solution to our impasse over religious freedom. Our counsel and counsel for the other Supreme Court litigants had a meeting with representatives of the Department of Justice, at which we attempted to engage in the kind of resolution talks that we believe the Supreme Court contemplatedin its Order. The government has been slow to offer anything of substance to pursue a negotiated solution, except to mention its openness to future meetings.

Posted: Mon., Aug. 01, 2016

The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which is the Vatican’s highest court, has upheld the decision of Bishop David A. Zubik to close the Saint Anthony Church building in Monongahela, Washington County. There is no further appeal to this decision of the Supreme Tribunal. The decision was issued on June 22, 2016 and received by the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 27, 2016.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

Diocese backs efforts to implement On Mission for The Church Alive! 

By Ann Rodgers

General Manager

Dr. Linda Lee Ritzer knows what it is like to work in a parish with lofty goals, limited resources and times of conflict over those goals and resources. As secretary for parish services, she is committed to seeing that pastors and parishes have the support that they need from diocesan staff to build vibrant ministries through On Mission for The Church Alive!

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

New position aims to implement strategic plan, cultural shift

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Bishop David Zubik has appointed Father Nicholas Vaskov to the new position of executive director for communications, providing theological oversight, strategic coordination and administration for diocesan communications ranging from parish bulletins to social media to video production.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

New national leaders installed as part of convention activities

By William Cone 

Editor

Epitomizing their motto, “Unity and Charity,” 800 members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas gathered July 20-24 in Downtown Pittsburgh for their national convention.

The ballroom of the Wyndham Grand hotel looked more like a United Nations meeting than a gathering of Catholic women, with signs dotted throughout the room designating delegations from different states, nations and territories.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

Campaign grant supports programs in five faith communities

By Bob De Witt

Correspondent

Since the early days following the American Revolution, Catholics in Greene County have sought to know and serve Jesus. Today they are working together again to strengthen their faith with support from their sisters and brothers across the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Sacrificial gifts to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! are funding a new grant for five parishes to reach out to youths and seniors in what is historically one of the poorest counties in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

Attraction for kids celebrates 25 years at parish festival

By Jennifer Monahan

Correspondent

When Father Kenneth Oldenski approached St. Ferdinand parishioner — and gifted carpenter — Fran Kunz in the fall of 1990 to build a train for the next summer’s parish festival, Fran responded with characteristic determination and a can-do attitude.

Posted: Fri., July 29, 2016

The following are excerpts from Bishop Zubik’s July 4 homily for the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.