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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.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

 "Blessed be God. Blessed be his holy name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blessed be the name of Jesus."

 The opening lines of its pledge reflects the desire of the Holy Name Society to promote reverence for the name of God and Jesus Christ. The society honored those who embody that mission at the 52nd Pittsburgh Diocesan Holy Name Society Awards Ceremony Nov. 2 at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

 They sang. They danced. They prayed. They demonstrated that even at their middle school level their faith is very much alive.

 More than 150 young people, along with parents and chaperones, helped close out the Year of Faith at the Middle School Faith Rally Oct. 26 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.

 The night of music, comedy and storytelling by musician Ben Walther was sponsored by the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

The priesthood, said Archbishop Bernard Hebda, is much more than performing duties — it is giving one's life to Christ and his church.

 "Christ gave the priesthood to the church so that there can be those who gather and lead," he said.

Archbishop Hebda of Gaylord, Mich., a native son of the diocese who was recently named coadjutor archbishop of Newark, N.J., was among the speakers at the Fall 2013 Triennial Multi-day Priest Convocation Oct. 21-24 at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, W.Va.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

On Oct. 20, Raymond and Carol Ruffalo marked their golden wedding anniversary with 298 other couples during a special Mass at St. Paul Cathedral, with Bishop David Zubik as the main celebrant. Their son is Father Michael Ruffalo, pastor of St. John the Baptist in Monaca. They also have two daughters. The event was sponsored by the diocesan Office for Faith Formation.


 I was only 19 when my father escorted me down the aisle of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church to my soon-to-be husband.

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.

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