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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. 

Posted: Fri., July 22, 2016

By William Cone 

Editor

Substance abuse is a major problem in American society, with nearly an estimated 23 million suffering from addiction. Pennsylvania ranks in the top 20 in deaths from drug overdose.

It’s no wonder that Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh saw the need to offer a support program for addicts and their loved ones.

Posted: Fri., July 22, 2016

By Grettelyn Darkey

In August, nearly 500 people are expected to gather at Slippery Rock University to celebrate the life and work of one great thinker and writer. They will spend three days listening to presentations by such notable figures as Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, Dale Ahlquist of EWTN fame and Tim Powers, best-selling writer of horror and fantasy fiction. They will discuss the man who brought them together and whose ideas continue to influence their lives. Some of them will even be drawn closer to Christ by their encounter with this man’s enduring legacy.

Posted: Fri., July 22, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

The 36 incoming freshmen who will make up the Crossroads Class of 2020 scurried through the streets of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood July 1 in a scavenger hunt that helped them understand the values they will learn as part of the intensive high school program.

Posted: Fri., July 15, 2016

The events of these days have riveted our attention. Hatred, violence and anger are contagious. Our love and respect for one another must be more contagious.

Every person is an individual. We must not judge any person based on their race or color, their national origin, their faith tradition, their politics, their sexual orientation, their job, their vocation, their uniform.

Posted: Fri., July 15, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO

 Staff Writer

Bishop David Zubik said that when he joins other faithful at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, they will learn from Pope Francis — and Jesus — what it means to use their hearts not as weapons but as instruments of love — to look into each other’s eyes as Jesus looks into our eyes.

“In 13 days, we go on a pilgrimage of peace and love and mercy,” he said during a World Youth Day send-off Mass July 11 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

Posted: Fri., July 15, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

Father Walt Rydzon said the violence that has staggered the United States begged the question: How far are we willing to go to show mercy?

“Think about it,” he said. “It’s not about color. It’s about mercy.”

The same is true when it comes to dealing with people who have disabilities. While they don’t face the social discrimination they did 60 years ago, there is still the tendency to think, “What’s wrong with you?”

“It’s not about disabilities,” he noted. “It’s about mercy.”