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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.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Letter mailed to North Catholic High School alumni


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 Schools officials from the Diocese of Pittsburgh sent letters to thousands of alumni of the former North Catholic High School after learning that Marianist Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman, who taught science there for many years, has been charged with sexually abusing minors in Australia.

Friday, May 16, 2014

 I like Dolly Parton. I really do.

 That's quite an admission from an old 1960s revolutionary and city-slicker whose taste in popular music is permanently calcified in the Kingston Trio, the Beatles, the Stones, and Simon and Garfunkel.

 It's not Dolly's music so much — though forgive me, John and George, her stuff really is pretty good. But it's her personality, her style, her old country manners and her old country faith that I find so appealing. This here is a good lady.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The diocese honored 27 young people for their outstanding contributions to their parish and communities at the 21st St. Timothy Awards May 12 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 "It is a concrete sign of the faithful witness given by so many youth in our diocese," said Father Joseph Mele, secretary for leadership development. The award is sponsored by the Secretariat for  Leadership Development and the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Kevin Flynn puts a wreath on a family grave marker at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood. Memorial Day is May 26. There will be several events planned at local cemeteries.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ed Friel said that his association with Catholic Charities has taught him that compassion breaks down barriers.

 It is easy to pass by a panhandler on the street, or change the channel when we hear another story about domestic violence on the news, he noted, but if we ignore these issues we distance ourselves from our responsibility to serve one another.

 "Each person has a story to tell," he said.

Friday, May 2, 2014

 VATICAN CITY — Nearly 90 pilgrims traveled to Rome with Bishop David Zubik for the canonizations of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II, most with stories of personal connection to one or both popes. That devotion inspired them to brave the jostling, sometimes crushing, crowds.

 Many of the pilgrims left their hotel at 4:30 a.m. April 27, walking through dark streets where they stepped over hundreds of people sleeping on the ground in anticipation of the canonization.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A small group of protesters briefly occupied the old St. Anthony church building in Monongahela after a closing Mass had been celebrated there April 27. A handful of remaining protesters had left by the next day.

 The old St. Anthony church building is part of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, which was created from the merger of St. Anthony and Transfiguration parishes on July 1, 2011.

Friday, Apr 25, 2014

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Friday, Apr 25, 2014

Bishop David Zubik offers a prayer during the ecumenical blessing over the city April 19 at a Mount Washington overlook in Pittsburgh.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

Bishop David Zubik is photographed April 4 with Dr. Suzanne Mellon before a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral celebrating her inauguration as the 10th president of Carlow University. The entire week featured many events to mark Mellon's formal installation, including ceremonies April 5 on the Carlow Campus in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.