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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.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014

 For Maestro Manfred Honeck, it is faith in God, knowledge and education that leads to a meaningful professional life, and service to God and others that makes life wonderful.

 "I'm so fortunate that I could make a career in music, and that through music I can bring God and spirituality into light," he said.

 Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, spoke on how his Catholic faith has influenced his life during a visit with several hundred students Feb. 4 at Seton-LaSalle High School in Mount Lebanon.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014

Following a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral to commemorate the World Day for Consecrated Life Feb. 2, Bishop David Zubik socializes with women religious in the basement social hall, including Sisters Patricia Ann Mahoney, above left, and Patricia Marie Buranosky, both with the School Sisters of St. Francis. Right, the bishop had the opportunity to thank a few of his former teachers, including Sister Michele Van Voorst of the Ladies of Bethany.

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

1620 WASHINGTON — Twenty-five minutes before the rally preceding the March for Life was set to begin it appeared that the frigid temperatures had limited the crowd for the 41st annual event.

 A few hundred people milled in front of the stage and small groups of marchers trickled into the National Mall.

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its inaugural Catholic Schools Night concert Saturday, Feb. 8, at Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.

 Under the direction of music director Manfred Honeck, the orchestra and the women of the Mendelssohn Choir will perform Gustav Holst's "The Planets."

Monday, Jan 27, 2014

God is 'front and center' at Catholic schools



 The Diocese of Pittsburgh will mark Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1 with many activities highlighting the theme "Catholic Schools — Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."    

Friday, Jan 24, 2014

1619 Participants at an event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were asked if King's dream of racial harmony and equality in America is still on the minds and hearts of Americans almost 50 years after he was murdered in Memphis, Tenn.

Friday, Jan 24, 2014

 If you need a reminder of the power of prayer, I invite you to recall with me what happened four months ago. Moved by a profound desire to avert an escalation in the war in Syria, Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer Sept. 7. In our diocese, Bishop David Zubik led a holy hour at St. Paul Seminary and Catholics from around the globe held their rosaries tightly and pleaded for peace. The impending crisis was avoided.

Friday, Jan 24, 2014

 If you've been following the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry over the past year, you would have noticed the rise in opportunities for young adults to connect with their peers and the church. Nearly every region in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is engaged in outreach of some sort, inviting young Catholics to ask themselves why and how they are living their faith.  

Friday, Jan 17, 2014

While we were hustling around fulfilling shopping lists and planning Christmas dinners, volunteers from a local parish spent many of their December days serving the poor in San Luis, Mexico.

 Walter Scott first started taking mission trips to Mexico in 1991 and has gone every year since. In 2000, he approached Father John Gallagher, pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township, about organizing mission trips through the parish.

Friday, Jan 17, 2014

What better way to cap off 2013 and ring in 2014 than with the Holy Father in Rome.
Deacon Michael Conway, a diocesan seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, got the opportunity to assist Pope Francis on Dec. 31 during a "Te Deum" evening prayer service at St. Peter's Basilica.
The Vatican's liturgy office often asks the North American seminary to provide lectors, servers or deacons to help at St. Peter's, Deacon Conway said.