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Salt and light

In the Sermon of the Mount (Matthew 5:13-16), Jesus clearly speaks to his disciples — personally, emphatically and practically — “YOU are the salt of the earth … and YOU...

The Lenten creed

We tend to say it as if we’re racing to say the alphabet as fast as we can. We smear the words together and don’t even think about what we’re saying. At least I do, when...

Moral arguments propel nuclear treaty efforts

WASHINGTON — The Cold War may have ended in 1991, but nuclear disarmament advocates in the Catholic Church and beyond say nuclear weapons still pose a grave danger to humanity. For...

St. Francis de Sales' rules for Twitter

Doctors don’t seem to do this anymore, but when St. Francis de Sales was alive, they would judge a man’s health by the state of his tongue. So, he said, “our words are a true...

Remembering Holocaust is 'a duty,' pope says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said remembering the millions of men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust is a call for the world today to reflect and commit to not repeating the...

Elders shape the future

During February my thoughts turn to two of my favorite biblical figures, Simeon and Anna. Simeon is described in St. Luke’s Gospel simply as “a man in Jerusalem” and Anna...

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...

The woman cried at Mass

She sucked in her breath so fast and hard it sounded like a bark. My wife and I were sitting in the folding chairs at the back of Holy Trinity Church in Robinson Township Jan. 12. The woman had...

You are a beloved child of God

During a recent physical exam, my doctor gave me some unorthodox advice to help me fulfill my New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthier. In addition to more exercise and better...

Migrants benefit from sisters' ministry

WASHINGTON — Mercy Sister Rosemary Welsh is a nurse, and for the past 44 years she has immersed her ministry in the Latino culture. Through the lives of thousands of migrants from...

From fear to wisdom and love

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So we read in Proverbs 1:7, but what kind of fear leads to our becoming wiser and more knowledgeable people? A simple example...

The birth that changed the world

A Muslim man with the handle “ibn Al Aljuraan” tweeted, “Imagine believing that a woman gave birth to God, the Most High, and that he needed to be breast-fed and taken care of by...

Pope: Set up your Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope...

Jesus wants a relationship with you

One of my callings has been to teach family caregivers how to care for themselves, and forgiveness is one of the first and most frequent topics we discuss. Those who care for sick or elderly...

Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

As you know, from Dec. 9-12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego and asked him to go to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga to ask him to build a temple to honor Our Lady, showing that...

A chapel, a desk and one man's saintly witness

As someone who has studied John Henry Newman’s writings for years, it was surreal for me to attend his canonization in Rome. I’ve known for some time now that Newman was interceding...

Suicide: A young priest's perspective

Recently, the Pittsburgh Catholic ran a column explaining that the church does not deny funerals to those who commit suicide — as had been portrayed on a popular TV show. However, in its...

Navigating the holidays

This beautiful and holy season, when we as Christians gather to celebrate the mystery and miracle of the Incarnation, is a time of joy, filled with family gatherings, festivities with friends and...

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News

Priest sentenced in abuse case

Father Hugh Lang, 89, has been sentenced to a jail term of nine to 24 months, minus one day, after a judge found him guilty in November of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in 2001. Father Lang...

2 school fairs are open to displaced students

Families from two Catholic schools that will close this year — St. Maria Goretti in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood and East Catholic in Forest Hills — are invited to a...

Children, adults can both enjoy 'Sonic'

NEW YORK — Not that the intended core audience of children is likely to notice, but many of the adults who take them will find that there's something oddly mechanical and even maladroit...

Faith

Priest sentenced in abuse case

Father Hugh Lang, 89, has been sentenced to a jail term of nine to 24 months, minus one day, after a judge found him guilty in November of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in 2001. Father Lang...

2 school fairs are open to displaced students

Families from two Catholic schools that will close this year — St. Maria Goretti in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood and East Catholic in Forest Hills — are invited to a...

Children, adults can both enjoy 'Sonic'

NEW YORK — Not that the intended core audience of children is likely to notice, but many of the adults who take them will find that there's something oddly mechanical and even maladroit...

Around The Diocese

Around the DIocese

DIVINE MERCY

“Divine Mercy: Sharing What We Receive” will be presented by Father Tom Gramc on Sunday, Feb. 9, at St. Columbkille Parish in Imperial, starting at 2...

Around the Diocese

“LAUDATO SI’”

“Laudato Si,’ Pope Francis, the Environment and Me” is title of a four-week program Wednesdays, Feb. 5-26, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Around the Diocese

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...

Around the Diocese

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,...

Calendar

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, FEB. 10

Life in the Spirit, 7-8:30 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Father John Sweeney will present “Transformation...

Calendar of Events

MONDAY, FEB. 3

Life in the Spirit, 7-8:30 p.m., Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St., Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Benedictine Father Killian Loch will present “Gifts...

Weekly Calendar

MONDAY, JAN. 27

Life in the Spirit, 7-8:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Benedictine Father Boniface Hicks will speak on...

Weekly Calendar of Events

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

All-you-can-eat breakfast, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Monica Parish hall, 115 Thorndale Drive, Chippewa Township. Menu includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, sausage,...


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