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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.”

Full statement follows:

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.

April 7, 2017 

Bishops echo call of Pope Francis to attain peace in Syria “through dialogue and reconciliation.” 

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chair of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, have issued a joint statement calling for renewed peace efforts in Syria.   

The full statement is as follows:    

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement on yesterday’s chemical weapons attack in northern Syria.  

Full statement follows: 

Please see below prayer booklets for 2017. 

Bishop David Zubik gestures while in the gymnasium of Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood March 17. The bishop celebrated Mass with faculty and students as part of a pastoral visit. He is also a member of its board of directors.