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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, May 16, 2014

Kevin Flynn puts a wreath on a family grave marker at Calvary Cemetery in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood. Memorial Day is May 26. There will be several events planned at local cemeteries.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ed Friel said that his association with Catholic Charities has taught him that compassion breaks down barriers.

 It is easy to pass by a panhandler on the street, or change the channel when we hear another story about domestic violence on the news, he noted, but if we ignore these issues we distance ourselves from our responsibility to serve one another.

 "Each person has a story to tell," he said.

Friday, May 2, 2014

 VATICAN CITY — Nearly 90 pilgrims traveled to Rome with Bishop David Zubik for the canonizations of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II, most with stories of personal connection to one or both popes. That devotion inspired them to brave the jostling, sometimes crushing, crowds.

 Many of the pilgrims left their hotel at 4:30 a.m. April 27, walking through dark streets where they stepped over hundreds of people sleeping on the ground in anticipation of the canonization.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A small group of protesters briefly occupied the old St. Anthony church building in Monongahela after a closing Mass had been celebrated there April 27. A handful of remaining protesters had left by the next day.

 The old St. Anthony church building is part of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, which was created from the merger of St. Anthony and Transfiguration parishes on July 1, 2011.

Friday, Apr 25, 2014

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Friday, Apr 25, 2014

Bishop David Zubik offers a prayer during the ecumenical blessing over the city April 19 at a Mount Washington overlook in Pittsburgh.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

Bishop David Zubik is photographed April 4 with Dr. Suzanne Mellon before a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral celebrating her inauguration as the 10th president of Carlow University. The entire week featured many events to mark Mellon's formal installation, including ceremonies April 5 on the Carlow Campus in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

Meditations and Prayers brochure for the Seven Church Walk located at bottom of webpage

 The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is an ancient practice, probably originating in Rome, where early pilgrims visited the seven major basilicas as penance. 

 Pope Boniface VIII revived the pilgrimage tradition in 1300 with the establishment of the jubilee year, and Rome became a center for pilgrimages. 

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

 Catholics in Pittsburgh are making a huge difference in Peru through the Chimbote Foundation.

 Gretchen Roos, board member of the Chimbote Foundation since 2008, shared the foundation's mission March 23 during Our Lady of Joy Parish's annual Mission Dinner. Besides being a Chimbote board member and featured speaker during the evening, Roos is the niece of the late Msgr. Jules Roos, who founded the Center for Social Works in Chimbote and began the "Bridge of Love" from Peru to Pittsburgh.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014

April may be National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but the work to prevent child abuse is an ongoing effort conducted with constant vigilance.

 Tragically, child sexual abuse is a prevalent issue in every segment of our population. It happens in private homes, public institutions, schools and even religious institutions. The statistics are difficult to hear and digest but we must accept and understand them to affect change. One in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the United States will be sexually abused before they reach the age of 18.