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Venerable lessons in sober, prayerful living

Venerable Matthew Talbot was 28 when he realized that his drinking was leading him on a path to destruction. By embracing a life with spiritual depth, he turned his life around and became an...

Special day planned to honor the Bible

VATICAN CITY — The newly established “Sunday of the Word of God” is an invitation to Catholics across the world to deepen their appreciation, love and faithful witness to God and...

Netflix drama centers around marriage, divorce

NEW YORK — At first blush, the title of the drama "Marriage Story" (Netflix) may strike some as ironic. This is, after all, at least on the surface, an engrossing study of the divorce...

Catholics learn how to evangelize

PHOENIX — Alfonso Fraire, a student at Arizona State University, volunteers his time with youth ministry — and hopes to take back what he learned at the Student Leadership Summit...

Worldly spirit blurs good, evil, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must be on guard against the spirit of worldliness that confuses and blurs the lines between what is good and what is evil, Pope Francis said. While the...

Peace vigil provides lesson in forgiveness

An overflow audience awaited the featured speaker at a New Year’s Eve peace vigil hosted by the Pittsburgh Benedictines for Peace. One of the survivors of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre...

Local partners join hands to open Winter Shelter

In partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and the Smithfield United Church of Christ, Pittsburgh Mercy's Operation Safety Net announced Nov. 12 that the Winter Shelter...

PCC praises bill to aid ex-inmates

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Dec. 18 thanked members of the state House for giving former inmates a path to becoming responsible members of society through passage...

'Grudge' has dark, complex history

NEW YORK — The drab horror tale "The Grudge" (Screen Gems) has a complex history and a complicated structure. But the upshot for viewers is a simple one: Failing skillfully to interweave his...

Winter Warming Station, overnight shelter open

Working in partnership with the city of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Operation Safety Net, Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh has opened its Winter Warming Station early due to...

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PRAYERS FOR LIFE

The parishes of St. Raphael in Pittsburgh’s Morningside neighborhood and Sacred Heart in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood are praying a...

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ORGAN LESSONS

Group organ lessons on Roland and Lowrey organs are being offered at the Community Center for Neighbors North Catholic Community, campus of St. Athanasius Parish,...

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ADORATION NIGHT

An adoration night will be Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia. Program will feature Father Dan Waruszewki, singers Emily Cunningham...

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EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington present annual “Epiphany Experience” on Sunday, Jan. 5, at St. Joseph Parish,...

Columns

Enduring tragedy and grief

This may be a little morbid, but I can’t stop thinking about the woman in New York City who was killed by falling debris from a 17-story, 100-year-old building.

Erica Tishman, 60, an...

The Light of Christmas

Several times in sacred Scripture, we encounter the phrase “In the beginning …” We find it in the beginning of the Book of Genesis, in the Gospel of John, and we hear it again in...

Deacon answers call to serve medical mission

Charity and service work are at the heart of what we deacons were ordained to do in Jesus’ name. I never felt more humbled or more like a servant than I did in my seven days in October on a...


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