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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

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.