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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, Jan 24, 2014

 If you need a reminder of the power of prayer, I invite you to recall with me what happened four months ago. Moved by a profound desire to avert an escalation in the war in Syria, Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer Sept. 7. In our diocese, Bishop David Zubik led a holy hour at St. Paul Seminary and Catholics from around the globe held their rosaries tightly and pleaded for peace. The impending crisis was avoided.

Friday, Jan 24, 2014

 If you've been following the Department for Youth and Young Adult Ministry over the past year, you would have noticed the rise in opportunities for young adults to connect with their peers and the church. Nearly every region in the Diocese of Pittsburgh is engaged in outreach of some sort, inviting young Catholics to ask themselves why and how they are living their faith.  

Friday, Jan 17, 2014

While we were hustling around fulfilling shopping lists and planning Christmas dinners, volunteers from a local parish spent many of their December days serving the poor in San Luis, Mexico.

 Walter Scott first started taking mission trips to Mexico in 1991 and has gone every year since. In 2000, he approached Father John Gallagher, pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township, about organizing mission trips through the parish.

Friday, Jan 17, 2014

What better way to cap off 2013 and ring in 2014 than with the Holy Father in Rome.
Deacon Michael Conway, a diocesan seminarian at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, got the opportunity to assist Pope Francis on Dec. 31 during a "Te Deum" evening prayer service at St. Peter's Basilica.
The Vatican's liturgy office often asks the North American seminary to provide lectors, servers or deacons to help at St. Peter's, Deacon Conway said.

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

Bishop David Zubik offered the invocation at the inauguration of Bill Peduto as the 60th mayor of the city of Pittsburgh Jan. 6 at Heinz Hall.

 In pointing out that the beauty of the city is manifest in many ways — from the bridges that span the three rivers, the graceful beauty of the buildings and the majestic splendor of its nighttime lights — what makes it truly someplace special is its people.

 "Each and every one of us," he said. "Every woman, man and child. Every race and culture. Every religion and every politic."

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014

"Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: it’s saying to the Lord, 'Lord, I am a sinner.'" - Pope Francis

This Lent on the evening of Wed., March 12, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., rediscover the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at any Catholic parish in the Diocese. If you've been away for a long time, don't worry. We'll leave the light on for you...

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

 For Scott Baker, owner of 5 Generation Bakers, charitable giving isn't a nicety for the sake of public relations or product sales. It's a primary tenet of his business plan.

 "The first thing my father told me when I joined his baking business was 'Get involved with the community,'" Baker said. "'The community supports us. So we support the community.'"

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

Aux. Bishop William Waltersheid (not pictured) was the main celebrant at a Mass Jan. 4 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. The celebration marking the Epiphany of the Lord, when the Magi appeared in Bethlehem to adore the baby Jesus, included a Christmas concert by the Karuzela Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Neil Stahurski, and the Mala Karuzela children’s group.

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

An ecumenical group of pastors and laity has been preparing for the Three Rivers Festival of Hope, sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on Aug. 15-17, 2014, at the Consol Energy Center. The three-day event will include stirring music from Christian artists and personal testimonies of people from various walks of life who are dedicated to following Jesus Christ.

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

In a crowded St. Paul Cathedral Dec. 24, Bishop David Zubik celebrates Christmas Eve midnight Mass, beginning with a procession holding the baby Jesus figure, then adding it to the Nativity scene. The event was repeated hundreds of thousands of times in Catholic churches around the world to mark the Savior's entry into the world.