St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, founded in 1891, is a humble, devout and obedient, faith community modeled after St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary, foster father of Jesus and our patron. Our parish strives to do the will of God through vibrant evangelization, sound catechesis, life-long faith formation, sacramental practice, responsible stewardship and Eucharistic living. Through the grace of our Baptism we strive to serve God and neighbor in love and sacrifice. Enflamed by the Spirit, we are a Church Alive.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday met with Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, to discuss the plight of those fleeing the Islamist violence in Iraq. The so-called Islamic State controls large areas of both Syria and Iraq, and has been conducting a campaign of terror, especially against religious minorities, including Christians.
Cardinal Vegliò told Vatican Radio the Pope said the Church must be in the forefront in efforts to defend the weak.
(Vatican Radio) Affectionately known as "La Cachita", Cuba's beloved Virgin of Charity of El Cobre has been given a place of honour in the Vatican gardens. In a ceremony presided over by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a replica of the image of the "Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre", the Patron Saint of Cuba, was located in the Vatican.A delegation of Cuban bishops, who brought the statue as a gift to Pope Francis, was present for the ceremony. In 1998, Pope John Paul II crowned the Virgin of the Caridad del Cobre during an apostolic journey to the Caribbean country.The Virgin of Charity is closely linked to Cuban history and to the island's independence struggle, Her image accompanied freedom fighters against Spanish colonial rule. The story goes that in 1862, two indigenous young men and a child of African descent were trying to get salt in the eastern bay of Nipe, where they came accross an image of the virgin floating on the sea.On September 8, 1927, the Shrine of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre was raised on the Maboa Mountain, in eastern Santiago de Cuba as one of the most venerated religious sites in Cuba, with some 500 visitors every day.(From archive of Vatican Radio)
(Vatican Radio) An international peace force is needed to hold back the onslaught of so-called Islamic State militants who continue to make gains in Syria and Iraq – that, according to Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, Antoine Audo.
In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Italian Service, Bishop Audo says, “We are a bit confused; no one knows exactly what is happening. As Christians, as Syrians, we hope to have a solution of reconciliation, of peace, with the help of the United Nations. An international peace force is needed. The situation in Aleppo is rather difficult, with problems of electricity, water; there is no security. No one knows when the bombs will drop. And, despite everything, as Christians, we try to be lively, active, to go about business. For example, this week we will have several days of reflections with all the people who work with us at Caritas. We try to survive, to be active… we cannot do other things.”
Join Bishop David Zubik, Fr. Rich Jones and several parishes from the Diocese as they make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more information and to register, please see the upcoming events link.
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