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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, Nov 15, 2013

Almost 100 young people are poised to take part in the 32nd biennial National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 21-23 in Indianapolis.

 "It really gives the teens the opportunity to see the universal church," said Mary Pollick, youth minister at St. Maria Goretti in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield/Friendship/Garfield neighborhoods. "It's more than just our parish, more than just a few teens."

 Singer and songwriter Jesse Manibusan will emcee the gathering, which is expected to draw some 24,000.

Friday, Nov 15, 2013

When the word went out March 13 that newly elected Pope Francis was a member of the Jesuit order and had chosen his pontifical name after the humble St. Francis of Assisi, the Bishop Canevin High School community was elated. The two saints (St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis) are at the center of Bishop Canevin High School's "Igniting Our Future" revitalization project. 

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013

The public is invited to join Bishop David Zubik in praying for immigration reform Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

 "Bishop Zubik will preside at a holy hour to include a rosary for the intention of comprehensive immigration reform," said Helene Paharik, associate general secretary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. "The prayer will conclude with Benediction. Representatives from various immigrant communities will lead a decade of the rosary.

Friday, Nov 8, 2013

 The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up at Masses Nov. 16-17 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

Lila Rose's journey to the Catholic faith began as a home-schooled child in a home of eight children in San Jose, Calif. Raised in a Protestant Christian home, her parents made sure to have books by C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton and the Fathers of the Church available for their children.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

Bishop David Zubik has appointed Dr. Michael Latusek as acting secretary for Catholic education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Latusek currently serves as superintendent of Catholic schools, a post that he retains.

 He is assuming the duties of Dr. Robert Paserba, secretary for Catholic education since 2012, who will retire at the end of 2013. Paserba has stepped back from day-to-day duties while he completes major projects, including ongoing labor negotiations with teachers.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

 "Blessed be God. Blessed be his holy name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blessed be the name of Jesus."

 The opening lines of its pledge reflects the desire of the Holy Name Society to promote reverence for the name of God and Jesus Christ. The society honored those who embody that mission at the 52nd Pittsburgh Diocesan Holy Name Society Awards Ceremony Nov. 2 at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

 They sang. They danced. They prayed. They demonstrated that even at their middle school level their faith is very much alive.

 More than 150 young people, along with parents and chaperones, helped close out the Year of Faith at the Middle School Faith Rally Oct. 26 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 The night of music, comedy and storytelling by musician Ben Walther was sponsored by the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

The priesthood, said Archbishop Bernard Hebda, is much more than performing duties — it is giving one's life to Christ and his church.

 "Christ gave the priesthood to the church so that there can be those who gather and lead," he said.

Archbishop Hebda of Gaylord, Mich., a native son of the diocese who was recently named coadjutor archbishop of Newark, N.J., was among the speakers at the Fall 2013 Triennial Multi-day Priest Convocation Oct. 21-24 at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

On Oct. 20, Raymond and Carol Ruffalo marked their golden wedding anniversary with 298 other couples during a special Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, with Bishop David Zubik as the main celebrant. Their son is Father Michael Ruffalo, pastor of St. John the Baptist in Monaca. They also have two daughters. The event was sponsored by the diocesan Office for Faith Formation.


 I was only 19 when my father escorted me down the aisle of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church to my soon-to-be husband.