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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, 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.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014

 For Maestro Manfred Honeck, it is faith in God, knowledge and education that leads to a meaningful professional life, and service to God and others that makes life wonderful.

 "I'm so fortunate that I could make a career in music, and that through music I can bring God and spirituality into light," he said.

 Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, spoke on how his Catholic faith has influenced his life during a visit with several hundred students Feb. 4 at Seton-LaSalle High School in Mount Lebanon.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014

Following a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral to commemorate the World Day for Consecrated Life Feb. 2, Bishop David Zubik socializes with women religious in the basement social hall, including Sisters Patricia Ann Mahoney, above left, and Patricia Marie Buranosky, both with the School Sisters of St. Francis. Right, the bishop had the opportunity to thank a few of his former teachers, including Sister Michele Van Voorst of the Ladies of Bethany.

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

1620 WASHINGTON — Twenty-five minutes before the rally preceding the March for Life was set to begin it appeared that the frigid temperatures had limited the crowd for the 41st annual event.

 A few hundred people milled in front of the stage and small groups of marchers trickled into the National Mall.

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

 The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present its inaugural Catholic Schools Night concert Saturday, Feb. 8, at Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh.

 Under the direction of music director Manfred Honeck, the orchestra and the women of the Mendelssohn Choir will perform Gustav Holst's "The Planets."

Monday, Jan 27, 2014

God is 'front and center' at Catholic schools



 The Diocese of Pittsburgh will mark Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1 with many activities highlighting the theme "Catholic Schools — Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."