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Bishop Zubik's statement on proposed senate's health care plan

On behalf of those whose voices may not be heard at this critical time, those living  in poverty, in nursing homes and with disabilities, I urge our senators to remove from the proposed Senate health care bill provisions that will severely limit health care access for those most in need.

Italian celebration

A crowd accompanies a statue of St. Anthony of Padua on June 10 following a Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Money pinned to the statue represents prayers to the saint that were answered.

On Mission for The Church Alive!

TALK FOR MEDIA BREAKFAST 2016

Bishop David A. Zubik

Bishop of Pittsburgh

“Missionaries of Mercy”

May 20, 2016

Back in the 1950’s, when I was a tyke growing up in the Beaver County town of Ambridge, there were seven steel mills and seven Catholic churches. We were a town that knew the value of hard work. We were a town that knew the meaning of deep faith.

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 

Correspondent

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 

Correspondent

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: