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Once imprisoned, woman now guides others to the faith

By Catherine Sheehan Catholic News Service

SYDNEY — A woman who spent 20 years imprisoned in China for being a faithful Catholic has helped hundreds of Chinese migrants convert to the faith in Australia. Teresa Liu, now 86 and living in More

Legal fight displayed in 'Brian Banks'

NEW YORK — Dramas of the falsely accused fighting against a broken legal system are reliably inspiring. With the sports star formula additionally worked in, "Brian Banks" (Bleecker Street) migh

It's all part of the package

Fellow Pittsburgher Ronald Donatelli wants to tell his evangelical Protestant friends that Catholics are much worse than they think. He shared a “gotcha” post on Facebook. It’s wort

Chimbote mission teams return

Diocesan mission teams are charged by Bishop David Zubik to travel to Chimbote, Peru, and come back to tell the story of the loving and compassionate work being done there. This year’s tea

Some don't consider feelings of others

QUESTION: Week after week, I see such disrespect in our churches during Mass. It is not only the attire, but the way people act. Why don’t priests direct some remarks or even a whole homily to

Learning to trust in providence

For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States. Our sesquicentennial year will officially close

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THEOLOGY ON TAP Young adults are invited to a Theology on Tap gathering at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at McFadden’s, 211 North Shore Drive on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Hosted by Oakland Young

'Blue Bloods' and beyond

To be honest, I don’t have the chance or the time to watch much TV, with one exception. Every Friday eve (when it airs), I have my DVR set to record the latest installment of “Blue Bloods

Mass to end year of prayer and fasting

A Mass of Healing will be celebrated Thursday, Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. This liturg

Calendar of Events

SATURDAY, AUG 10 Festival of praise, “Jesus’ Call to Us,” 7-8:30 p.m., St. Albert the Great Church of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Father Joe Freedy is presider

'Laudato Si" brought into parish life

WASHINGTON — Living in rural central Minnesota, JoAnn Braegelman and her neighbors in the Diocese of St. Cloud know that disrespecting the natural resources “right outside our window̶

Pittsburgh shrines included in '100 Things to Do'

Even the most loyal, born-and-bred Pittsburghers probably haven’t seen everything the Steel City has to offer. Local journalist Rossilynne Culgan has compiled a must-see list of attractions in

'Fast and Furious Presents' a message of unity

NEW YORK — In keeping with a tested formula, barbs are traded, vehicles are raced and both fists and bullets fly in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" (Universal), director David Leitch's

PA bishops back refugee resettlement program

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops are asking the Trump administration to maintain and even possibly expand the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Eric Failing, executive d

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SUNDAY, AUG. 4 Solemn evening prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of St. John the Baptist relic, 3 p.m., 1704 Harpster St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood.  MONDAY, AUG. 5

Exploring how faith groups can combat hate

WASHINGTON — Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers came face to face with hate and escaped its wrath Oct. 27, 2018, when it walked into the most unlikely of places: through the doors of his house of worsh

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STEELERS TICKETS Knights of Columbus Council 14696 announces a raffle for two tickets to all eight 2019 regular-season Pittsburgh Steelers home football games. Tickets are $10 each. Winning ticket de

Pro-lifers react to Planned Parenthood firing

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Following the news Dr. Leana Wen was fired by Planned Parenthood as its president, several pro-life leaders remarked that the organization was upset the physician had emphasi

God does not will evil on us

QUESTION: Often in my life I have observed terrible things happening to me and those I love, and find myself asking, “Why would God do that?” What is the answer?   ANSWER: The questi

Bishop: Governor's actions set off a 'time bomb'

VATICAN CITY — The president of the Puerto Rican bishops’ conference said the actions of Gov. Ricardo Rossello and his administration were the final straw for residents of the U.S. common

Maccabees details nearness of God

QUESTION: At work, I got into a discussion with a non-Catholic friend. I mentioned the lessons found in the Book of Maccabees. I know he reads the Bible, but said he never heard of the Maccabees. Wha

Driving under the influence of Jesus

There is a very powerful prayer from the 14th century called the Anima Christi, which means “the soul of Christ.” The prayer is still widely used today, usually after people receive the b

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• Parish grouping 229 will host an indoor festival at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 363 W. 11th Avenue Ext. in Homestead, on the following dates: Friday, Oct.

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A photo exhibition titled “A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton,” is now on display in the Gumberg Library, on the campus of...

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The Serving our Seniors Ministry of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park will offer a free education seminar, “What is...

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“Many Parts, One Body” is the theme of a Night of Worship (NOW) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township, starting at 7 p.m. Service...


Righteous among the nations

She died just three weeks ago, at the age of 99 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Diet Eman was a hero you probably never heard of. I hadn’t. Her story appeared on the Accidental Talmudist...

Doxing: What is that?

On June 20, the Washington Post reported, “Ex-Senate staffer sentenced to 4 years for ‘doxing’ GOP senators in Kavanaugh confirmation fight.” The newspaper article relayed...

Happy Anniversary

Anniversaries not only remind us about our past, they also challenge us to determine what we value in the present.

This past Labor Day, the Diocese of Pittsburgh hosted the 60th annual Mass...

U.S. Encuentro process blazed a cultural trail

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ call for church of missionary disciples who go to the peripheries to listen and accompany those most in need may have seemed radical and new at the start...

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