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Campaign aids young people

By: Bob De Witt 


Kateryna Bittner and Kelsey Kuzniewski looked around their new parish youth center and just smiled.

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.

Thank the sisters

Posted: Mon., Jan. 12, 2015


If you’re like most of us, you’re probably feeling guilty for neglecting the New Year’s resolutions you made less than two weeks ago. Join the club. We resolve to eat less, exercise more, and end up eating junk food in front of the TV.

Dignity robes aid cancer patients

Posted: Mon., Jan. 12, 2015


Mary Carroll Grimes says sewing “dignity robes” for women with breast cancer is “a beautiful ministry of women helping women.”

 Grimes is one of 15-20 women who use their sewing skills to provide practical and emotional support to women undergoing radiation treatment in a group called Dignity Robes of St. Louise, founded by Karen Radu.

Walking the mall

Posted: Mon., Jan. 12, 2015


Stopping by the mall on a snowy evening.

 Robert Frost I’m not. In his poem he was “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” He was on horseback. I had taken the car.

 The nuns made us memorize the poem. It was the first thing they made us recite by rote that wasn’t a prayer, a multiplication table or the pledge of allegiance:

 “Whose woods these are I think I know.

 His house is in the village though;

 He will not see me stopping here

 To watch his woods fill up with snow.”