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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, Apr 11, 2014

Meditations and Prayers brochure for the Seven Church Walk located at bottom of webpage

 The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas as penance. 

 Pope Boniface VIII revived the pilgrimage tradition in 1300 with the establishment of the jubilee year, and Rome became a center for pilgrimages. 

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

 Catholics in Pittsburgh are making a huge difference in Peru through the Chimbote Foundation.

 Gretchen Roos, board member of the Chimbote Foundation since 2008, shared the foundation's mission March 23 during Our Lady of Joy Parish's annual Mission Dinner. Besides being a Chimbote board member and featured speaker during the evening, Roos is the niece of the late Msgr. Jules Roos, who founded the Center for Social Works in Chimbote and began the "Bridge of Love" from Peru to Pittsburgh.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

April may be National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the work to prevent child abuse is an ongoing effort conducted with constant vigilance.

 Tragically, child sexual abuse is a prevalent issue in every segment of our population. It happens in private homes, public institutions, schools and even religious institutions. The statistics are difficult to hear and digest but we must accept and understand them to affect change. One in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

Bishop David Zubik lifts the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament March 30 during a Gorzkie Zale (Polish Lenten lamentations) service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

Bishop David Zubik said clergy are heeding the call to make ordinary pastoral ministry more inclusive and open on every level so that they inspire more participation by the faithful and make their parishes more vibrant.

 He senses a contagious joy and enthusiasm among them.

 "There is a new enthusiasm in trying to make new disciples for Jesus by way of evangelization," he said.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

Great food and great friends are the recipe for the Lenten fish fry at St. Agnes in Richeyville.

 "If you want a place to be with friends and experience good ethnic cooking, this is the place to be," said volunteer Donna Ewedosh.

 The Washington County parish has slightly more than 200 families, but it serves an average of 600 people on Fridays.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized together next April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. (CNS photos)

April in Rome: Join the crowd


 When people ask about the highlights of my 33-year career as a religion journalist, the first thing that comes to mind is covering the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

New members of the Ladies of Charity receive new crucifixes as part of the organization’s investiture Mass March 22 at St. Paul Cathedral. Ladies of Charity seek every opportunity to make Christ present by serving the material and spiritual needs of the sick, the poor and the marginalized of our society.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

On March 18, Bishop David Zubik issued a statement that Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are not using federal or state educational standards known as the Common Core. This has drawn widespread Internet attention from people engaged in a wider debate over the merits of Common Core.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014

Following discussions among the lay leadership, parishioners and pastors of Holy Cross Parish in East Pittsburgh and Good Shepherd Parish in Braddock, Bishop David Zubik announced March 22-23 that Holy Cross will merge into Good Shepherd, effective April 28.

 At that time the two church buildings now in use by Holy Cross — St. Helen and St. William —will close. Good Shepherd will retain its name and its current pastor, Father Albert Semler.  Father Miroslaus Wojcicki, current pastor of Holy Cross, will be reassigned elsewhere.