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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, Sep 6, 2013

A statement from Pennsylvania's Catholic bishops:

 Most Pennsylvanians have immigrant roots. Each family has a unique story, but so many stories include hard-working, faith-filled ancestors who came to America to pursue a dream and worked hard to fulfill it.

Friday, Aug 30, 2013

Fifty years ago, on Aug. 28, 1963, as a young girl, Greta Stokes Tucker remembers her mother, Josephine Zollicoffer Stokes, warning her children to keep quiet while she taped on a large reel-to-reel recorder the entire historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The march is where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, Aug 30, 2013

The bonds created among alumni of the former Bishop's Latin School are still strong 40 years after the school closed its doors.

"We care for one another," said Tony Fisher, Class of 1965. "We share what we have."

Alumni of the school celebrated its legacy during the 2013 John Cardinal Wright Vocations Mass and Awards Aug. 25 at the Cardinals' Great Hall at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

Receiving the John Cardinal Wright Award were Father Frank Almade, '71, pastor of Mary, Mother of Hope, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Vincent de Paul and St.

Friday, Aug 30, 2013

Bishop David Zubik has appointed Ann Rodgers as the director of communications for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She will join the staff of the diocese Sept. 30 as a transition to her new position, which will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Rodgers has covered religion for the secular media since 1980. She will succeed Robert Lockwood, who has served as director of communications since October 2001.

Lockwood, a member of St.

Friday, Aug 30, 2013

The Serra Club of Pittsburgh honored one of its most distinguished members, and two priests of the diocese, at its 64th Annual Ordinati Dinner Aug. 21 at the LeMont Restaurant in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood.

John "Jack" Warwick received the Msgr. Oliver D. Keefer Award. Fathers Malcolm McDonald and Timothy Whalen were honored with the Good Shepherd Award.

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013

Nearly 70 students from China began arriving on the campus of Holy Family International College Preparatory Program the weekend of Aug. 10, ready to begin a new school year. While many will live on the main boarding campus in Emsworth and attend one of six local Catholic high schools, more than a dozen of the students have opted for the Home Stay program, where they will be welcomed by families in the Pittsburgh area who will serve as hosts.

Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Players and coach look on during Steelers football training camp at St. Vincent College in Pennsylvania
A Pittsburgh Steelers coach, tight end David Paulson and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, look on Aug. 7 during the Steelers' football training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. For the past 48 pre-seasons, the college and archabbey have welcome d the six-time Super Bowl champions with the spirit of hospitality written in the Rule of St. Benedict. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) (Aug. 13, 2013) See STEELERS Aug.

Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Ukrainian Greek Catholics and other Eastern Christians are celebrating a milestone this week for the medieval Slavic principality, Kievan Rus', out of which emerged the modern nation states of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.

 The commemoration of the 1,025th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus' marks the start of the Christianization of a region ruled at the time by loose federations of feudal princes with Kiev, Ukraine, as its center.

 Msgr. George Appleyard, archimandrite and shepherd of the Ukrainian Catholic House of St.

Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Through their witness, the Fathers of the Church inspired a pagan world and changed it for the better, said Mike Aquilina, noted author and EWTN presenter.

 "They changed it because they showed it a better way, a happy way, a more exciting way," he said.

 Aquilina spoke of the impact the Church Fathers had on the early Christian church during a lunchtime gathering of the Young Catholic Professionals of Pittsburgh Aug. 16 at Caffe Amante, Fifth Avenue Place in Downtown Pittsburgh.

 Aquilina highlighted figures such as St. Ignatius of Antioch, St.

Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Christianity's great legion of saints includes those heroic men and women who, by God's purposeful circumstance, accompanied one another in building the church and witnessing to the Gospel. This allying of particular souls at particular times has helped forward the kingdom for all time: Francis and Clare, Ignatius and Francis Xavier, Cyril and Methodius, among many others.

 Pittsburgh may claim its own holy pair in St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.