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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.

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 A. 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: Thurs., June 30, 2016

By William Cone and John Franko

“Be bold about Jesus.”

Bishop David Zubik exhorted the three new priests of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to be confident and courageous in living out their vocations during their ordination Mass June 25 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.

Calling it a “glorious day” and a “historic and beautiful moment in the history of the Church of Pittsburgh,” the bishop ordained Fathers Jack Demnyan, Adam Potter and Anthony Sciarappa in a joyful celebration witnessed by family members, friends and fellow clergy.

On the Care of our Common Home

To visit the Vatican's new website for Laudato Si', click here.

Posted: Thurs., June 30, 2016

By Ann Rodgers 

General Manager

When Bishop Gregory Mansour thinks of the church of the martyrs, the faces and places aren’t on icons or in history books but belong to parishes and people he has visited. Ordinary Americans can do a lot to help today’s persecuted Christians in the Middle East, he said.

Relics of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher at St. Paul Cathedral 6/23, 24. 

Relics of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher coming to St. Paul Cathedral June 23, 24. For more information, click here.

Bishop David A. Zubik will celebrate the opening Mass for Fortnight for Religious Freedom on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 12:00 noon at Saint Mary of Mercy Parish.

Bishop David A. Zubik will be the homilist for the Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass at noon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Mon., July 4th.

Posted: Mon., June 27, 2016

By William Cone Editor

The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Italy from Oct. 10-20, led by Bishop David Zubik. Besides the usual advantages of travel — getting out of your routine and gaining new experiences — here are 10 reasons to join this pilgrimage: