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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.
www.pittsburghcatholic.org

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 Bishop David Zubik has announced staff changes in some key diocesan posts as part of an effort to position church administration to assist parishes with the New Evangelization.

 "As a bishop I am blessed to be supported by a team of highly skilled people who are experts in their field and have a great heart for serving our Lord," Bishop Zubik said. "These assignments will allow each of them to focus on what he or she does best, while bringing a new generation into church leadership."

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 It was only one month ago that Pope Francis hosted a meeting of top Israeli and Palestinian officials at the Vatican. The Pope's purpose was to bring together leaders, who rarely encounter one another face to face, to dialogue and to pray for peace. At the meeting, the Pope reminded the leaders of how deeply their people were "aching for peace." At the same time, he acknowledged that every time the two parties "have been on the verge of peace ... the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it."

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

The completion of the yearlong expansion of the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Downtown Pittsburgh was celebrated with a blessing and rededication of the facility June 2.

 Bishop David Zubik presided at the ceremonies. He was joined by Rich Fitzgerald, chief executive of Allegheny County, and corporate dignitaries.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

 In an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, the Pennsylvania Legislature has passed "Chloe's Law," which requires medical practitioners to give accurate information about Down syndrome and about support services for children with Down syndrome, to parents whose unborn child has been diagnosed with the genetic disorder.

 Currently about 90 percent of such parents choose to abort their Down syndrome child. Down syndrome causes short stature, low muscle tone, slanted eyes, broad facial features and a varying degree of intellectual impairment.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

Bicycle riding is great exercise that highlights God's creation of the great outdoors. One Beaver County parish has a club that links all those elements. 

 Greg Kalamasz started the St. Blaise Bicycle Club last year at his parish in Midland. After igniting his own passion for cycling six years ago, he shared his newfound love of the sport with friends at work and in the community. He fell in love with trails he found throughout the area.

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014

The priesthood, said Bishop David Zubik, is one of the most precious gifts that Jesus could possibly give the church.

 It was a great joy, he noted, that he could welcome four new brothers into the presbyterate of Pittsburgh.

 The four — Fathers Michael Ackerman, Michael Conway, Kenneth Marlovits and Thomas Schluep — were ordained during the ancient rite June 28 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

 More than 1,000 family, friends and well-wishers were in attendance.

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014

It was the classic story. The priest who flew with the angels.
Father Joseph McCaffrey, pastor of SS. John and Paul in Franklin Park/Marshall Township, got the thrill of a lifetime June 4 when he had the opportunity to fly with a member of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels team.
The Blue Angels were in the area to take part in the Westmoreland County Air Show June 7-8 at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.
"It was just a neat experience," he said of the flight.
His 45-minute ride aboard an F-18 was piloted by Lt. Ryan Chamberlain.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

 Holy Martyrs Parish in Tarentum continued its 72nd annual tradition of constructing sawdust "carpets" for its Corpus Christi celebration June 22.

 Some 25 carpets were constructed. They included a variety of themes, but most centered around the Eucharist.

 "It helps reinforce our identity as Catholics," said Father Aaron Kriss, pastor. "It's important that we keep this going as an expression of our faith."

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

Four years out of college, I found myself working at a parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I had already spent a couple of summers working on my master's degree at La Salle University in Philadelphia and was genuinely excited about entering the master's studies in religious education program at Duquesne University, which the Diocese of Pittsburgh sponsored. Appropriate credentials were something important to me and the whole outcome of the learning experience meant even more.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014

 It's hard not to like ol' Reg Henry, erstwhile columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I've never even tried not to like him. Silly-funny, self-deprecating and — important in this day and age —he's a newspaper guy. Even when he writes with that Aussie accent.

 Reg does have a problem, however. He has one of those trick knees. It jerks wildly and predictably on too many of the moral issues we face in our society.

 Take same-sex marriage. In early June, Reg raised the May 20 judicial ruling that reversed Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act.