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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, Aug 1, 2014

 Dave Dames was a bored-at-Mass 16-year-old when a Protestant friend invited him to hear the Rev. Billy Graham preach at Pitt Stadium in 1968.

 Rather than leading him out of the Catholic Church, "it planted a seed to take my faith much more seriously," said Dames, a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. 

 Hoping that others will have the same experience, he and his wife, Judy, were among hundreds of Catholic volunteers who were trained to assist those who will commit their lives to Jesus when Graham's son preaches next month in Pittsburgh.

Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Six local Catholics who visited the diocese's medical mission in Chimbote, Peru, witnessed the change that Pittsburgh's support has made there.

 "Pittsburgh, they know the word," said Suzan O'Keefe, an administrative assistant in the Mission Office, who organized the team of six. "Pittsburgh is very embedded in them. It has played a big part of their lives."

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

 It's a good bet that the Mother of God played a role in Alexander "Sasha" Gardner's adoption in Russia to a couple in Pittsburgh. Now he is returning her favor by improving Mary's image in southwestern Pennsylvania.

 Adopted as an 11-month-old by Thurman Gardner and Shelley Kobuck of Mount Lebanon, Sasha always had a fascination with Mary and the saints. As a 2-year-old in day care, he carried a plastic Marian statue every day as a "security blanket."

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

More than 60 young men from the Diocese of Pittsburgh gathered July 13-16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg for the second annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat. 

 The Office for Priestly Vocations sponsors the retreat for high school-age young men, which is led by diocesan priests and seminarians. 

 "It was a fantastic week. We prayed hard, played hard, and there was a very solid sense of fraternity and, despite the weather forecasts, the Lord blessed us with good weather when we needed it," said Father Joe Freedy, director of priestly vocations.

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Speaking to a packed hall of people eager to introduce their parishes to Bishop David Zubik's pastoral letter "The Church Evangelizing!," Helene Paharik said the letter is more than a document. It's a movement of people seeking to become better friends with Jesus and to introduce their other friends to him.

 "Jesus formed a community of friends among the disciples 2,000 years ago in Galilee," she said. "Jesus gives us his Spirit to help us form communities of friends among his disciples today right here in our parishes in western Pennsylvania."

Monday, Jul 21, 2014

 Less than two months before it opens its doors for the first time, the hallways of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township are coming to life.

With construction officially in the transition stage, finishing touches are being added to the building, and furnishings and supplies are being brought in.

 The media got a first-hand glimpse of the facility during a July 9 tour.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 Bishop David Zubik has announced staff changes in some key diocesan posts as part of an effort to position church administration to assist parishes with the New Evangelization.

 "As a bishop I am blessed to be supported by a team of highly skilled people who are experts in their field and have a great heart for serving our Lord," Bishop Zubik said. "These assignments will allow each of them to focus on what he or she does best, while bringing a new generation into church leadership."

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 It was only one month ago that Pope Francis hosted a meeting of top Israeli and Palestinian officials at the Vatican. The Pope's purpose was to bring together leaders, who rarely encounter one another face to face, to dialogue and to pray for peace. At the meeting, the Pope reminded the leaders of how deeply their people were "aching for peace." At the same time, he acknowledged that every time the two parties "have been on the verge of peace ... the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it."

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

The completion of the yearlong expansion of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Downtown Pittsburgh was celebrated with a blessing and rededication of the facility June 2.

 Bishop David Zubik presided at the ceremonies. He was joined by Rich Fitzgerald, chief executive of Allegheny County, and corporate dignitaries.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 In an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, the Pennsylvania Legislature has passed "Chloe's Law," which requires medical practitioners to give accurate information about Down syndrome and about support services for children with Down syndrome, to parents whose unborn child has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder.

 Currently about 90 percent of such parents choose to abort their Down syndrome child. Down syndrome causes short stature, low muscle tone, slanted eyes, broad facial features and a varying degree of intellectual impairment.