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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, Sep 27, 2013

First of a five-part series.

 Respect Life Month affords us a splendid opportunity to reflect deeply for the coming weeks on human dignity. 

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord, Mich., and formerly of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, to be coadjutor archbishop of Newark, N.J.

As coadjutor, he would automatically succeed Newark Archbishop John Myers, 72, upon his retirement or death. Canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope at age 75.

Archbishop Myers has headed the archdiocese since 2001. Archbishop Hebda, 54, a native of Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood, was ordained bishop of Gaylord Dec. 1, 2009.

The appointment was announced Sept.

Friday, Sep 20, 2013

Book Review

"Dangers to the Faith: Recognizing Catholicism's 21st-Century Opponents," by Al Kresta. Our Sunday Visitor, 2013 (www.osv.com; 800-348-2440). 304 pages. $14.95.

 When I was very young, I toured a newsroom, and I remember seeing a card at someone's desk. It read: "Is it true? Is it kind?"

 Those questions have always summed up the profession of journalism for me.

Friday, Sep 20, 2013

All of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh share a set of common goals that they strive to fulfill, said Dr. Michael Latusek, diocesan superintendent of schools, said Sept. 12 at the annual news conference in the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Downtown Pittsburgh that marked the opening of the new school year.

 "Of foremost importance is faith formation/Catholic identity," Latusek said. "Our Catholic schools integrate faith into every aspect of life and culture, producing graduates who continually strive for human and Christian perfection.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013

For a long time, three decades plus, I have been a fan of the ABC network morning TV show “Good Morning America.” Starting back in the early 1980s, from co-hosts Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden, to current co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos, the show has been the background voice to help me get ready for my day.

Friday, Sep 13, 2013

My dear friends in Christ:

Once again, parishes across our diocese will observe Catechetical Sunday, which ushers in a weeklong celebration beginning Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. This annual observance spotlights all who embrace the teaching ministry of the Catholic Church and highlights the important work of catechesis, of passing on the faith, in every aspect of parish life.

 The theme for this year, "Open the Door of Faith," reminds us of the role that we all play in passing on the faith and being witnesses to the Gospel.

Friday, Sep 13, 2013

Bishop David Zubik said the crisis in Syria calls for a critical dependence on the Lord as we hunger for world peace.

 "We want a peaceful world," he said. "We want to be men and women of peace."

 The bishop reflected on the crisis during a Prayer for Peace in the Middle East gathering Sept. 7 at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. The gathering included a Mass and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

 During the liturgy, Bishop Zubik spoke of the "horrific" tragedies that have occurred in Syria since 2011.

Friday, Sep 13, 2013

When Msgr. Joseph Findlan was asked to appear in a video to promote support for retired clergy through Our Campaign for The Church Alive!, his first response was to humbly defer to one of his brother priests. When told that his faithful witness — 75 years a priest — could help the historic initiative succeed, he agreed to participate.

Described as a kind and holy man with a powerful prayer life, Msgr. Findlan went to his eternal reward on Aug. 11 at age 101.

“The campaign is very important,” Msgr. Findlan told the Pittsburgh Catholic in an interview in March.

Friday, Sep 6, 2013

Training sessions for parish finance council members will begin soon, coinciding with new guidelines set to be distributed to parishes in October.

 The introductory course to the guidelines will be offered at four sites:

 • St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler, Monday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 5.

 • St. Paul Seminary, O'Connor Hall in Crafton, Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 26.

 • St. Louise de Marillac Parish, Upper St. Clair, Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

Friday, Sep 6, 2013

A diocesan seminarian got a firsthand experience of the Holy Land and Vatican City through a scholarship offered to seminarians.

 William Wuenschel, a student at Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., received the grant from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

As part of the July 22-Aug.