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The Pittsburgh Catholic is the official newspaper of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Historically, the Pittsburgh Catholic grew out of the need to provide information for the local Catholic community.

That need persists, and thus the mission of the diocesan newspaper is defined as follows:

  • To promote for Catholics and other readers an understanding of the mission and teachings of the church and its role in the community.
  • To foster the faith and unity of the local church, and to serve as an instrument of evangelization and education.
  • To provide readers with accurate news and information about the church on a local, national and universal level.
  • To provide a forum for an expression of views in a manner consistent with the teachings of the church and the principle of respect for others.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Pittsburgh Catholic received five awards from the Catholic Press Association June 20 in Charlotte. They were presented at the annual Catholic Media Conference, where excellence in journalism and publishing is recognized among entries submitted nationwide from the previous year.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Seven men were ordained as transitional deacons June 14 at St. Paul Cathedral by retired Aux. Bishop William Winter. Front row from left are Deacons Levi Hartle, Jack Demnyan, William Wuenschel, Zachary Galiyas and Christopher Mannerino. Back row: Deacon Jeremy Mohler, Bishop Winter, Bishop David Zubik, Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid and Deacon David Rombold. The deacons are set for ordination to the priesthood in June 2015.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Bishop David Zubik said that while Chuck Noll savored the opportunity for victory, it was not his ultimate goal in life. He encouraged others by the way he lived his life. For him, it did not matter how important you were, or how unimportant your job was.

 "Through his eyes everyone was important," the bishop said.

 Bishop Zubik remembered the legendary Steelers head coach during his funeral Mass June 17 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Noll died June 13 at the age of 82.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Pope Francis balances a basketball during a special audience for members of CSI (Italian sport centers) in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 7.

Friday, Jun 20, 2014

Bishop David Zubik ordained four men to the priesthood during a Mass of ordination Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. The Mass and ordination rites were cablecasted live on Christians Associates Channel 95 in Pittsburgh, and also uploaded to the web at christianassociatestv.org.

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

 In a pilot study of 21 parishes in three dioceses, Pittsburghers rated their parishes the most vibrant, with SS. John and Paul in Franklin Park/Marshall Township receiving top ratings in many categories.

 The downside is that in some crucial categories the highest ratings were low. The Disciple Maker Index study was designed by the Catholic Leadership Institute to help parishes identify strengths and weaknesses so they can form parishioners as Christian disciples who are eager to share their faith with others.

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

 "This is a big deal."

 With those and other words, Bishop David Zubik emphasized June 8, Pentecost Sunday, that the 94 candidates at the diocesan confirmation at St. Paul Cathedral were not taking part in a rite of passage that automatically occurs as someone reaches a certain age.

 "What's happening today is a very deliberate choice on your part to come to receive the Holy Spirit once again in your life," he said.

 Most of the confirmation candidates were teenagers, but there were some adults as well.

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

Almost a dozen diocesan clergy took the opportunity to get some exercise and honor the memory of a good friend during a six-day bike ride to Washington, D.C.

 The inaugural Ish (Aloysius) McLaughlin Memorial Bike Ride was held June 1-6 and took the riders on a 335-mile trip down the Great Allegheny Passage Gap and the C&O Canal Towpath.

 "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Father Mike Zavage, pastor of St. Joseph in Roscoe and St. Thomas Aquinas in California. "I'm glad I could do it with my brother priests."

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014

 In response to petitions from the parish pastors, Bishop David Zubik has decided to permanently close three church buildings, none of which has been used for worship since 2011.

Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Father Lawrence DiNardo used a tribute video to point out that Oakland Catholic High School would not be where it is today if not for the driving force of Katherine Donahue Freyvogel.

 "You could see it in her eyes, the commitment to Oakland Catholic," he said.

 The video was shown during a May 29 tribute to Freyvogel for her 25 years of service to Oakland Catholic. She recently announced her decision to step down as president of the school, but will retain the title of president emeritus.