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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

Posted: Fri., Aug. 26, 2016

Bishop David Zubik joins the recipients of the Bishop’s Latin School Alumni Association’s Cardinal Wright Award — from left, Father Joseph Mele, Frank Balestrieri and Joseph Duckett — following the awards dinner Aug. 21 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Prior to the dinner, the annual Mass for Vocations was celebrated in McDowell Hall. Concelebrants were Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Bishop’s Latin School Class of 1967, and Bishop Zubik. The school’s alumni association has been a strong supporter of the diocesan seminarian program. It welcomes others to join them in their efforts.

Posted: Fri., Aug. 26, 2016

Mercy Sister Georgine Scarpino shook her head when she recalled the phone call she received from an elderly gentleman. His wife and daughter had died that year and he was left with raising his two grandsons. He had to quit his job and didn’t know where to turn for advice.

But shortly after she offered help she received word that he had suffered a heart attack. She later learned that the events also affected him emotionally.

“The stress of having to take on that responsibility can be overwhelming sometimes,” she said.

Posted: Fri., August 12, 2016


Staff Writer

When it came to championing the faith, G.K. Chesterton fought with “verve and passion, and pinache” in his works, said Bishop Robert Barron. He reflected a deep attitude of love and joy.

“Every page of Chesterton is like a bottle of champagne,” he said.

Posted: Fri., August 12, 2016

By Bob De Witt 


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.