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By: Bob De Witt 


Holy Land pilgrimage set for October

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015


An extraordinary pilgrimage to the Holy Land is planned this fall, with two veteran travelers taking the lead.

The Pittsburgh Catholic, along with Unitours Inc., is sponsoring the memorable journey to the land of Jesus from Oct. 26-Nov. 4.

Leading the group will be Father Frank Almade, pastor of the four New Castle parishes (St. Joseph the Worker, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Vitus and Mary, Mother of Hope), and Helene Paharik, diocesan associate general secretary.

Father Almade visited the Holy Land 25 years ago, and he has been interested in returning.

Praying with the Bishop

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015

Bishop David Zubik speaks to Duquesne University students prior to praying the rosary with them March 11 in the university’s chapel on the campus in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. The event was sponsored by the university’s Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council 10812 and Spiritan Campus Ministry. The Knights meet weekly in the Student Union.

Bishop Zubik welcomes those preparing to fully enter the church

Staff Writer

It is easy to be jealous of the catechumens and candidates in the cathedral, Bishop David Zubik said.

After all, they are filled with joy as they enter the final few weeks of their journey to the Catholic faith. 

“It’s contagious,” he said. “It’s an invitation that calls all of us — dares all of us — to want to become closer to Jesus Christ.”

The bishop spoke to the catechumens and candidates March 1 during the first of two rite of election ceremonies at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. A second service was held March 8. 

Expert on Shroud of Turin gives moving presentation on Pittsburgh's South Side

Staff Writer

Donald Nohs, who is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, spoke recently in Pittsburgh on the evidence of authenticity for the shroud.

Jesus’ passion, Nohs noted, was much more than a physical suffering. It was the humiliation and embarrassment of being scourged in the nude in front of his mother and friends. The suffering Mary endured, he said, is why she is our greatest intercessory in heaven. He asked the audience to bring Mary into their hearts and walk with her through the presentation.

'Nostra Aetate': Marking 50 years of Christian-Jewish cooperation

Posted: Mon., Feb. 09, 2015

Rabbi Aaron B. Bisno

What a difference a half-century makes! Prior to 1965, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, Jews were viewed at best as a fossil but more often as cursed and condemned to wander and suffer. Yet in the course of the proceedings of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) and the adoption of “Nostra Aetate” (October 1965), wherein Jews were officially deemed by the church to be beloved by God and very much part of the divine plan for humankind, Jewish-Christian relations were forever changed.

Contemplative prayer: Life source for consecrated life

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

In common conversation, “nun” and “sister” are used interchangeably, but there are significant differences between the two lifestyles of religious women. As we celebrate this Year of Consecrated Life, we acknowledge that in the Diocese of Pittsburgh there is one group of nuns and 23 groups of sisters.

Catholic schools crucial to church's mission

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015


The Diocese of Pittsburgh will celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 25-31 with many activities highlighting the theme “Catholic Schools — Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

 Bishop David Zubik, in his message for Catholic schools, said, “Other than my parents, no one and nothing this side of heaven did more to shape me as a Catholic and as a person than my teachers at St. Stanislaus Catholic School and St. Veronica High School in Ambridge.

Financial aid available for Philadelphia pilgrims

Posted: Fri., Jan. 16, 2015

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

A limited number of grants are available for Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh who need financial assistance to attend the World Meeting of Families and papal visit in Philadelphia. Those who are interested should contact their pastor for more information.

 The World Meeting of Families Congress is set for Sept. 22-25, with public events featuring Pope Francis on Sept. 26-27.

 Bishop David Zubik plans to celebrate Mass Saturday, Sept. 26, with the Pittsburgh pilgrims in Philadelphia.

Epiphany celebration

Posted: Tues., Jan. 13, 2015

Bishop David Zubik lifts high the Book of the Gospels during a vigil Mass for the feast of Epiphany of the Lord Jan. 3 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Concelebrating was Father Joseph Swierczynski, pastor of the parish in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood.