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USCCB President Offers Prayers for Victims in Latest Attack on Coptic Christians

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in the wake of the latest attack on Christians in the Middle East. In what officials are calling a terrorist attack, masked gunmen opened fire on a bus that killed 28 people including men, women and children. State TV is reporting the Coptic Christians were attacked while on their way to Mass at the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya province, located about 140 miles south of Cairo. Many children are reported among the dead.

Papal greeting

Pope Francis greets Bishop David Zubik at the April 27 gathering of the Papal Foundation in Rome. Each spring, members of the foundation make a pilgrimage to Rome and present to the pope the projects they have funded for the year. This year’s grants total $10 million.

New parish is alive on mission

By Bob De Witt 


It was an unusual sight — an urban Catholic church on a Saturday evening filled with young adults, families and older couples lifting their voices in song. The Festival of Praise held every month at Holy Apostles Parish in South Pittsburgh draws parishioners, members of neighboring parishes and even some non-Catholics for contemporary music and prayer.

Cardinal Dolan Calls Pro-Abortion DNC Pledge Extreme, Disturbing, Intolerant

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee’s chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge “very disturbing,” Cardinal Dolan urged party members to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.”

Full statement follows:

Helping youths encounter Christ

By Bob De Witt 


For nearly two decades, youth minister Emily Belchick has seen young people who are raised Catholic drift away from the church as they head off to college and into the workforce.

Many are swept up in cultural currents because they lack a spiritual anchor, never having experienced a personal relationship with Jesus.

Bishop David A. Zubik on the protection of children and young people

U.S. Bishops Conference calls for renewed peace efforts in Syria

April 7, 2017 

Bishops echo call of Pope Francis to attain peace in Syria “through dialogue and reconciliation.” 

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, have issued a joint statement calling for renewed peace efforts in Syria.   

The full statement is as follows:    

President and Vice President of U.S. Bishops Conference Respond to Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement on yesterday’s chemical weapons attack in northern Syria.  

Full statement follows: 

7 church prayer booklet 2017

Please see below prayer booklets for 2017. 

Visting the Eagle's nest

Bishop David Zubik gestures while in the gymnasium of Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood March 17. The bishop celebrated Mass with faculty and students as part of a pastoral visit. He is also a member of its board of directors.