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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, Jun 6, 2014

 The whole world watched April 27 as Pope Francis canonized two of his predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II. May 12 it was announced that Pope Francis will beatify another predecessor, Paul VI, in October. Beatification is the final step before canonization as a saint.

Friday, May 30, 2014

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV — During an inflight news conference May 26 on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, Pope Francis answered several questions about his just-ended three-day visit, giving reporters insights into his thinking and glimpses behind the scenes of the high-profile events.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Do you have a friend or family member with Down syndrome? Have you ever thought back to the moment his or her parent found out about the diagnosis? What was that moment like for the expectant or new parents?

Lauren, a blogger at Sipping Lemonade and mother of a daughter with Down syndrome, wrote about receiving the diagnosis:

Friday, May 23, 2014

 Timothy Waxenfelter, a teacher of ancient history, American history and American government at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, was named Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education.

Friday, May 23, 2014

We had a club when I was a kid. My friend Mark organized it. It was all-boys — what else? — and was made up of about five of us from the neighborhood who played together every day anyway. But after lunch on summer Tuesdays, Mark would hold a club meeting.

 Mark was the kind of kid that said "trousers" while the rest of us said "pants." He had an agenda for every meeting and minutes from the last one.

Friday, May 23, 2014

 Several hundred people expressed their devotion to Our Lady of Fatima during the diamond celebration of the International Eucharistic Rosary March May 18. The march carried participants from Epiphany Church in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood to St. Mary of Mercy Church at the Point.

 Bishop David Zubik carried the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy flanked by torches. He was followed by Blue Army guards bearing a statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

Friday, May 23, 2014

When he first spoke about the new evangelization, Pope John Paul II said it should be "new in its ardor, method and expression." When Bishop David Zubik released his pastoral letter on the new evangelization, "The Church Evangelizing!," one of the diocese's objectives was to use new methods to reach the Church of Pittsburgh.

Friday, May 23, 2014

On the heels of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations May 11, the diocesan Office for Priestly Vocation has launched a new initiative called The 31 Club to encourage an increase in vocations to the priesthood in Pittsburgh through prayer. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Letter mailed to North Catholic High School alumni


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 Schools officials from the Diocese of Pittsburgh sent letters to thousands of alumni of the former North Catholic High School after learning that Marianist Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman, who taught science there for many years, has been charged with sexually abusing minors in Australia.

Friday, May 16, 2014

 I like Dolly Parton. I really do.

 That's quite an admission from an old 1960s revolutionary and city-slicker whose taste in popular music is permanently calcified in the Kingston Trio, the Beatles, the Stones, and Simon and Garfunkel.

 It's not Dolly's music so much — though forgive me, John and George, her stuff really is pretty good. But it's her personality, her style, her old country manners and her old country faith that I find so appealing. This here is a good lady.