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Posted: Fri., July 15, 2016

Many moons ago, when I taught seniors at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, I developed a course titled “Christian Lifestyles.” It was a one-semester required course for those students in their last year of high school preparing for graduation.

Posted: Fri., July 15, 2016

By Dr. Susan Muto

Were we asked to recite the Great Commandment we might say without hesitation: love the Lord your God with your whole heart and soul, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. On our own or with some polite prompting we might be able to remember the Ten Commandments and the eight beatitudes, the “must-do” list from the Old and New Testaments.

What we are inclined to overlook, however, are the little commandments given to us by Jesus to draw us from the baby steps of discipleship to the deep dimensions of becoming “other Christ’s.”

O Jesus, our great High Priest, Hear my humble prayerson behalf of your priest, Father [N]. Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hopeand a burning love which willever increase in the course of his priestly life.

Posted: Mon., July 11, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — It was at the Last Supper, Bishop David Zubik said, that Jesus gave the apostles a peace that no one else could give and that no one else could take away.

“He was giving them the freedom to equally and together stand up for the ultimate truth — who is Jesus Christ himself,” he said.

It is a freedom, he added, that faithful must have the “guts” to stand up for if they are to be visible signs of that truth.

Posted: Mon., July 11, 2016

By JOHN FRANKO 

Staff Writer

When Bishop David Zubik recalled his first visit to the mission in Chimbote, Peru, he remembered wondering what he would see there.

He thought that he would find the entire city depressed and impoverished, but that was not the case. And he thought that he might find people who were insulted that outsiders were coming to help them. That also was not the case.

“They welcomed us as sisters and brothers in the Lord,” he said.

Posted: Mon., July 11, 2016

By Holly Joy McIlwain

Some families are picture perfect — mother and daughter with matching dresses, and father and son with matching smile. Other families are like the blanket that is too small for the bed, a lot of pulling and tugging, and never actually getting comfortable. Families are a place for mercy. A lot of mercy.

Posted: Mon., July 11, 2016

By Msgr. John E. Kozar

 As president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency founded to offer support and accompany the Eastern Catholic churches, I have been privileged to meet countless Christians who have been persecuted and have suffered the loss of all liberties and freedoms. But they still celebrate their victory in Christ.

Posted: Mon., July 11, 2016

By BOB DE WITT 

Correspondent

Sharpsburg has changed since Father Michael Decewicz became pastor of St. Juan Diego Parish five years ago.

More young people are hanging out on the street with little to do. Drug problems are growing. So far this year, overdoses have claimed four lives.

Father Decewicz knew he had to do something, so he reached out to Dirty Vagabond Ministries, an urban youth program that embraces Pope Francis’ preference for “a church that is dirty because it’s been on the streets.”

Posted: Mon., July 11, 2016

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is initiating the nomination and application process for admitting a new class of interested and qualified Catholic men into the Deacon Formation Program, according to an announcement by Bishop David Zubik.

In addition, as previously announced in 2014, the bishop said he intends to continue calling additional classes into the formation program every other year in order to prepare men to eventually serve in ordained ministry as permanent deacons.

Posted: Fri., July 8, 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.