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Satan is often depicted as a tester

QUESTION: What does the Bible say about the devil?   ANSWER: Two preliminary concepts are important in determining how the Bible understands the devil. The first is the belief that God created e More

Religious to share vocation stories

Three younger sisters will speak about their vocation stories Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden. Felician Sister Desiré Findlay, Apostle of

Agencies respond to disaster in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNS) — Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,400 peopl

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HOLY HOUR  In response to Bishop David Zubik’s call for a year of prayer and penance, St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park will offer a holy hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13

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SATURDAY, OCT. 13 Italian buffet dinner, 3-7 p.m., St. Albert the Great Faith Formation Building of Holy Apostles Parish, 3198 Schieck St., Baldwin. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for kids 10 and under.

Programs help disabled students be their best

For more than 65 years, St. Anthony School Programs has helped students of all faiths with intellectual disabilities to live their lives to the fullest academically, socially, vocationally and spirit

Inner-city youth ministry given welcome boost

Joe Calloway has been working for years to rebuild his old neighborhood. Now he’s excited to help rebuild lives through an inner-city ministry that’s bringing young people to Jesus. The r

Four facets of the diamond of discipleship

The first and most radiant facet of the diamond of discipleship is faith. Imagine this virtue as a power source capable of launching a rocket into outer space. Only if we live by faith in the full tr

Scriptures offer modern-day lessons

QUESTION: My question is about the homily at Mass. I wonder why priests concentrate so much on the Bible. The Bible seems to me like “old news.” I want to hear about what is happening tod

Love is contagious

Would you be surprised to know that there are only two American-born men who have been formally beatified? They were beatified within weeks of each other last year by Pope Francis. One is Blessed Sol

What are deacons allowed to do?

Over dinner one evening at the convent where I live, one of the sisters asked about the ordination of transitional deacons this past summer. Although she has lived in the United States for a number o

The hard grace of being a Catholic journalist

“Are you still working for that evil organization?” sneers one person. “Why aren’t you defending the bishops more strongly?” chides another. Welcome to the world of Cath

'A Star is Born' fades into a repetitive formula

NEW YORK — The third remake of that sturdy warhorse "A Star Is Born" (Warner Bros.) pays occasional homage to its forebears, particularly the 1954 version starring Judy Garland and James Mason,

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STORIES OF MIGRATION Carlow University Art Gallery has opened an exhibit, “Out of Many — Stories of Migration,” which features photographs from local photographers that tell stories

Weekly Calendar

SUNDAY, OCT. 7 Blessing of pets, Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 1700 Harpster St., Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood. Solemn evening prayer and Benediction, followed by veneration of relic o

Bishop Zubik's statement on compensation fund

As a bishop and as a Christian, I am committed to finding new ways to offer compassion and support for all victims of child sexual abuse, and to ensure they have a voice. The additional spiritual pai

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Polishfest 2018 will be Sunday, Nov. 11, noon-5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. Festival is a...

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St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh’s Troy Hill neighborhood will have sung evening prayers before the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, Nov. 4...

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The Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral Parish will host a talk by Betty Pickett on “Implicit Bias: The Human Element in Hidden...

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Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge will hold an ethnic cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in parish’s Jericho Hall. Colcannon, a cabbage and...


Tear down the walls of shame

It has been my experience that one of the greatest impediments to recovery is shame. Shame is the wall that encloses the addict in a world of crippling self-pity that only nourishes...

Science, faith see things differently

What do you say to the heart-broken mother whose child chose science over Catholicism? Last time, I wrote about a mother who spoke up after a parish talk I gave. Her daughter had lost her faith at...

'Pray, hope and don't worry'

No matter how good, no one gets a pass. Not even a saint.

The founder of the Catholic University of Milan — a priest and physician — described this saint as “an ignorant...

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