Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh en Pittsburgh Diocese Closing Another K-8 School <p>The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is closing a second K-8 school in as many weeks due to declining enrollment.<br /><br />The diocese says St. John the Baptist Parish in Monaca, Beaver County, has asked permission to close its school because it had only 97 students enrolled in grades K-8. Last week the diocese announced it was closing Holy Child School in Bridgeville, which had only 82 pupils this year, and only 53 enrolled for the fall.<br /> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:26:59 +0000 The Associated Press 30990 at Pittsburgh Diocese Suing U.S. Over Birth Control Mandate <p>Bishop David Zubik and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh are suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after being forced to cover the cost of birth control methods that contradict the beliefs of the church.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:56:44 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 17871 at Diocese of Pittsburgh to Honor Saturday as 'Day of Prayer for Peace' <p>Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop Zubik will celebrate mass Saturday to honor Pope Francis’ proclamation of a universal day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.</p><p>The crisis in Syria has been making headlines ever since an alleged chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb. U.S. and U.K. intelligence reports blame the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad for the attack and indicate that more than 1,400 people were killed, including at least 426 children.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:50:18 +0000 Patrick Higgins and Tim Camerato 16101 at Bishop Zubik Finds Pope Francis' Leadership Refreshing & Positive <p>Homosexuality has historically been a highly controversial subject throughout the Roman Catholic Church. But recent comments from Pope Francis may change the way the Church approaches the topic.</p><p>Earlier this week, Pope Francis <a href=";_r=0">said to reporters</a>, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord, and has good will, who am I to judge?”&nbsp; A statement, deemed by some as “revolutionary.”</p><p>Many say that statement highlights the compassionate nature of the new Pope and paves the path for possible internal changes in the Church. The Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of the <a href="">Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh</a> is enthusiastic about the new Pope’s leadership technique and finds that those in the region are equally excited.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:22:40 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14209 at Bishop Zubik Finds Pope Francis' Leadership Refreshing & Positive The "Light is on" For Catholics to Confess Wednesday <p></p><p>The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is hoping a special focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week will bring more worshipers into the church.&nbsp; The diocese is making sure all 203 of its parishes are open for confession Wednesday night from 6:00 to 9:00.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:25:27 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 2039 at The "Light is on" For Catholics to Confess Wednesday