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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.

Monday, Oct 28, 2013

During the Pittsburgh Catholic pilgrimage to the Holy Land Oct. 2-13, William Cone, editor of the newspaper, wrote a daily blog (or Internet diary) about the places and experiences of the pilgrims. Following are excerpts from the blog, with additional background and comments added from some of the pilgrims.

Friday, Oct 25, 2013

The Scripture read, "Jesus told them a story, showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit."

 "Pray consistently and never quit" echoed in the ballroom full of nearly 700 women.

 On Saturday, Oct. 19, women of faith gathered for the Diocese of Pittsburgh's second Conference for Catholic Women at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Friday, Oct 25, 2013

On Sept. 28, the maternity hospital of the Social Works Center in Chimbote, Peru, registered its 90,000th birth.

 Because of the love of the late Msgr. H. Jules Roos, babies once born to die are now born to live.

 Supporters of the Chimbote mission honored the memory of Msgr. Roos at the 48th Annual Peru Mission Dinner Oct. 17 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel on Pittsburgh's South Side.

Friday, Oct 25, 2013

For many years, the image of a giant eye on the ceiling of the sanctuary in the chapel of the Sisters of Divine Providence in McCandless Township was a reminder to students at Providence Heights Alpha School that God was always watching them.

 The eye is no longer there, but Principal Margaret Ruefle can watch just about every move they make. Literally. And she can see just about everything else that takes place in the building and outside on the spacious campus grounds.

Sunday, Oct 20, 2013

Speaking on the Catholic Church's role in the public square, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik told a group of state legislators and his fellow bishops of Pennsylvania that religious freedom has never been understood in such a restrictive fashion as it is today.

 "You and I face a highly organized and well-funded crusade to block the church from the public square," he said, pointing to religious freedom as "our right as citizens to live our faith in the faith in the world according to the dictates of our own consciences, not the dictates of secular society."

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013

A full listing of all parish Mass times from Oct. 22-24 is available by clicking on the .pdf attachment at the bottom of this webpage.

Daily Mass and the Absence of a Priest


Friday, Oct 18, 2013

Attorney Mark Shepard was honored with the 2013 St. Thomas More Award at the annual Red Mass and dinner sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society Oct. 14 at Duquesne University.

 Shepard, a shareholder in the Litigation Services Group of Babst Calland, was honored by the society for exemplifying the work of justice.

 "He has been an outstanding example through his work and his witness, and it is a pleasure to congratulate him as the 2013 St. Thomas More Award honoree," wrote Bishop David Zubik in a letter welcoming people to the Mass.

Friday, Oct 18, 2013

Well, we're back! As many of you are aware, 175 "Pittsburghers" and myself embarked on a grace-filled pilgrimage to the Holy Land that began Wednesday, Oct. 2, and concluded Friday, Oct. 11. The large number of people who came on this journey of faith was both an illumination and an inspiration to me of all that we did over the course of our days together.

 To try to share with you the glory of this pilgrimage is a tall order. To visit so many sites in the life of Jesus, so intimately recorded in the Bible, is difficult to put adequately into words, but I will try:

Friday, Oct 18, 2013

"The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home," by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina. Image Books (800-733-3000; www.imagecatholicbooks.com), 2013. Hardcover, 240 pages. $21.99.

 "Art and architecture are means of communication," the church tells us, and this book is arranged like a traveler's phrase book to help us get along in that language without spending years studying it.

 Fortunately, the phrase book comes from two authors fluent in the language.

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013

For almost 50 years, there has been a mission partnership, called a "bridge of love and hope," between the people of Pittsburgh and the people of Chimbote, Peru. To support that bridge, the 48th Annual Peru Mission Dinner is planned for Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel on Pittsburgh's South Side.

 The evening — hosted by Bishop David Zubik, with Mike Clark of WTAE-TV as master of ceremonies — will honor the legacy of Msgr. H.