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A crowd accompanies a statue of St. Anthony of Padua on June 10 following a Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of St. Patrick-St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Money pinned to the statue represents prayers to the saint that were answered.

The Church in the United States has always welcomed immigrants. Here, in the Church of Pittsburgh, we have been a Church of immigrants since our earliest days. Immigration has defined us and shaped us as a Church, giving flavor and color, strength and beauty to who we are and what we are as Church.

TALK FOR MEDIA BREAKFAST 2016

Bishop David A. Zubik

Bishop of Pittsburgh

“Missionaries of Mercy”

May 20, 2016

Back in the 1950’s, when I was a tyke growing up in the Beaver County town of Ambridge, there were seven steel mills and seven Catholic churches. We were a town that knew the value of hard work. We were a town that knew the meaning of deep faith.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in the wake of the latest attack on Christians in the Middle East. In what officials are calling a terrorist attack, masked gunmen opened fire on a bus that killed 28 people including men, women and children. State TV is reporting the Coptic Christians were attacked while on their way to Mass at the St. Samuel Monastery in Minya province, located about 140 miles south of Cairo. Many children are reported among the dead.

Pope Francis greets Bishop David Zubik at the April 27 gathering of the Papal Foundation in Rome. Each spring, members of the foundation make a pilgrimage to Rome and present to the pope the projects they have funded for the year. This year’s grants total $10 million.

Without intending to, I have become a user and a fan of the ride-sharing service Uber. It gets me where I need to go, when I need to be there. And it’s also taught me something about faith.

As many of you know, Uber is an alternative transportation service, using drivers who hire out their personal cars and their time to take riders from one place to another, from one neighborhood to another.

By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

It was an unusual sight — an urban Catholic church on a Saturday evening filled with young adults, families and older couples lifting their voices in song. The Festival of Praise held every month at Holy Apostles Parish in South Pittsburgh draws parishioners, members of neighboring parishes and even some non-Catholics for contemporary music and prayer.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, reacted to the announcement by the Democratic National Committee’s chair pledging support only for pro-abortion candidates. Calling the pledge “very disturbing,” Cardinal Dolan urged party members to “challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position.”

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By Bob De Witt 

Correspondent

For nearly two decades, youth minister Emily Belchick has seen young people who are raised Catholic drift away from the church as they head off to college and into the workforce.

Many are swept up in cultural currents because they lack a spiritual anchor, never having experienced a personal relationship with Jesus.