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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, Mar 21, 2014


 The leader of the Catholic Church was Pope Gregory XVI, who was elected in February 1831.

 The U.S. president was John Tyler, who had been elected vice president in 1840 but took over when President William Henry Harrison died after only 30 days in office.

 And on March 16, the first issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic was delivered to subscribers throughout the new 24-county Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Monday, Mar 17, 2014

On the door of Father Stephen Kresak's refrigerator in the rectory of Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport is a decorative magnet that a parishioner gave him. He keeps it where he will see it each morning as a reminder that "I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future."

 On April 28, Father Kresak is slated to become pastor of four parishes: St. Basil and St. Wendelin in Pittsburgh's Carrick neighborhood, St. Norbert in the city's Overbrook neighborhood and St. Albert the Great in Baldwin.

Monday, Mar 17, 2014

Sharon Bogusz began serving March 3 as director of the diocesan Office for Parish Advisory Councils in the Secretariat for Leadership Development. She succeeded Dr. Mary Ann Gubish, who retired Dec. 31.

 Most recently working as director of Catholic faith formation at St. Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, Bogusz served in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as a master catechist and liturgical planner from 1994-04 and as director of Catholic faith formation at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township from 1997-04.

Friday, Mar 7, 2014

CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis greets Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 26.

People worldwide are looking back to recall the extraordinary events that brought Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, into the spiritual spotlight one year ago.  (See the special supplement inside this issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic.)  

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014

New leadership has been appointed to the board of trustees of Pittsburgh Catholic Publishing Associates Inc., producers of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper.

 The board president for 2014 is Father Terrence O'Connor, pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Munhall, who served as vice president in 2012 and '13. He takes over from Rita Ferko Joyce, diocesan chancellor and director of the Office for Legal Services, who at the end of 2013 completed a three-year stint as president.

Friday, Feb 21, 2014

 More than 700 people — mainly young — braved a steady snowfall to take part in the 24th Annual LoveWalk for the Poor Feb. 16.

 The harsh conditions were a graphic witness as to what the homeless face in their daily struggles.

 "It really gives you a feeling as to how the homeless live, how they have to do this day after day," said Christina Grassi, 13, of St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Pleasant Hills. "But it gives you a good feeling to be able to help them."

Friday, Feb 21, 2014

 It is just after noon on a Tuesday and temperatures are in the high teens. Just another frigid day in what has been a miserable winter, especially for those on the streets.

 But inside the Susan Zubik Welcome Center on the first floor of the Catholic Charities headquarters on Ninth Street in Downtown Pittsburgh there is a feeling of warmth.

 In one corner a group of men watch an old episode of "Hawaii Five-O." A man browses on one of the nearby computers while others chat among themselves in several groups.

Friday, Feb 14, 2014

On Feb. 28, the new movie "Son of God" will open in theaters nationwide. It is being widely acclaimed as a feature film about Jesus, similar to the way "The Passion of the Christ" was promoted 10 years ago. It also is the first movie to feature the entire life of Christ since the production more than 50 years ago of "The Greatest Story Ever Told." 

 "Son of God" has been called by the producers as the "most evangelistic movie for this generation — it will enable ministry to happen and provides an opportunity to reach people for Christ."

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

Transformation is at the heart of the Gospel, and many local parishes are going through transformation in response to changed neighborhoods and the call for all Catholics to support a smaller corps of priests in carrying the Gospel to their communities.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

 Pope Francis has moved the popularity of the papacy to a new level, inspiring Christians, non-Christians and even atheists with his sincere, plain-spoken messages of truth and love.

 Who knew that his leadership style might also impress business people worldwide?

 A program, "Learn How to Lead Like Pope Francis," is set for Friday, Feb. 21, in the Cardinals' Great Hall at St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road in Crafton. The Bishop Canevin High School Alumni Association is sponsoring the event.