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Posted: Wed., Sept. 14, 2016

An organization that campaigns for tax-funded abortions has bought newspaper ads nationwide, claiming that a Catholic can support the choice to have an abortion “in good faith.”  Bishop David A. Zubik has issued this response:

Posted: Fri., Sept. 9, 2016

By ROBERT P. LOCKWOOD

It was cultural deja vu. All over again.

I was at my local bookstore — a chain, not a mom-and-pop, I’m sorry to admit. I like to browse bookstores even when I’m not in a buying mood. I like the smell of them, a mix of dust and paper. I like the easy atmosphere and the people who gather, keeping their distance together, as we used to in libraries.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 9, 2016

Bishop David Zubik delivered his homily Sept. 5 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The liturgy, attended by many union members, was prior to the annual Labor Day parade.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 9, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO

 Staff Writer

Father Adam Potter figured that his first wedding as a priest would be a simple affair with little fanfare. But while the ceremony itself wasn’t elaborate, the attention generated by it was widespread.

The Aug. 6 wedding of Jeni Stepien and Paul Maenner at Word of God Parish in Swissvale drew media coverage from around the world. Stepien was walked down the aisle by Arthur Thomas of New Jersey, who received the heart of Stepien’s father, Michael, who was murdered in 2006.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 9, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

No one ordained to the priesthood knows the path their lives will take, said Father Lawrence DiNardo, diocesan vicar general and pastor of Holy Wisdom Parish on Pittsburgh’s North Side. They rely on the help of God and those entrusted with leading the church to use their gifts to build up the kingdom of God and make the church alive.

“You never know where God takes you,” he said. “It’s his path for you, not yours.”

Posted: Fri., Sept. 9, 2016

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

 The retired priests of the diocese have taken care of God’s people for decades. Now the faithful are giving back to them through a much-needed expansion of St. John Vianney Manor retirement home.

Sacrificial gifts to Our Campaign for The Church Alive! are helping to support the first major renovation of the facility since it was built on the campus of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton in 1961 and later became a home for retired priests.

Posted: Fri., Sept. 9, 2016

By Father Richard S. Jones

The word “humility” comes from the Latin humus meaning “ground, soil, earth, dirt.” It is the hallmark of being a true Christian and is deeply rooted in our true knowledge and assessment of who we really are at the core of our being, not the mask we wear for others.

To walk humbly with God daily takes the grace of humility in any Christian vocation. As disciples of Jesus we are called to exemplify humility even though the playing field may not always be favorable, equal or even fair.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 26, 2016

It’s amazing to me how, oftentimes unexpectedly, we get the nudge to travel down memory lane. And as I go deeper into my senior years, those journeys become more frequent.

For most of our students, the school year has begun. Every year, I receive an invitation from our three Catholic colleges — Duquesne University, La Roche College and Carlow University — to mark the beginning of the academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 26, 2016

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Bishop David Zubik will lead the biennial diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Pope Francis has exhorted the faithful to participate in a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. In line with that, the faithful will have an opportunity to pass through the National Door of Mercy at the basilica, which is the largest Catholic church in the Americas and the eighth largest in the world.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 26, 2016

Bishop David Zubik, center, offers Duquesne University’s annual Mass of the Holy Spirit at the university’s A.J. Palumbo Center Aug. 21. The Mass was expected to draw more than 3,000 faculty, staff and students, and serves as the official kickoff to the academic year at the university in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. View a slideshow from the event at www.pittsburghcatholic.org.