Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Pittsburgh area Catholic leaders reacted to the election of Pope Francis and were especially fixated on his 'New World' origins and the meaning behind the name he chose. Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was selected as the new pope Wednesday.
Pittsburgh area Catholic leaders reacted to the election of Pope Francis and were especially fixated on his 'New World' origins and the meaning behind the name he chose. Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was selected the new pope Wednesday and greeted the thousands who gathered at the Vatican. Closer to home, Catholic leaders here said they are excited about the selection. "Like most Catholics I was filled with great excitement when the white smoke emerged from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. And although I didn't know all that much about Cardinal Bergoglio, his appearance and remarks from the balcony were both quite impressive. Further, the fact that he is a member of the Jesuit religious order founded by Saint Ignatius, a saint to whom I'm…
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Vatican announces that he will step down on Feb. 28.
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he will resign effective Feb. 28, The Associated Press is reporting. According to The AP, the 85-year-old pontiff announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning, citing his "advanced age and diminishing strength." The pope, leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics worldwide, including those at Baldwin Borough's Saint Albert the Great and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary churches and Whitehall Borough's St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church and Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God campus, emphasized that the duties require "both strength of mind and body." The Rev. James Orr, pastor at Saint Albert's, reacted to the news. "Pope Benedict's …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The quadriplegic writer was asked tough questions about God and family.
Jan Scheuermann, the Whitehall Borough resident who is making worldwide news as part of a groundbreaking UPMC and University of Pittsburgh brain-computer interface study, has gone back to her roots—all the way back to her former elementary school in south Baldwin Borough. On Friday morning, Scheuermann celebrated Mass alongside students from Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic School before wheeling in front of the Saint Elizabeth Church altar to talk about her disease, her faith and the crazy turn that her life has taken into the very public eye. Scheuermann, 53, grew up on Brentview Drive—just two blocks from the church/school—and finished her time at Saint E's as a 1977 graduate of the now-defunct Saint Elizabeth High School. A …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
We will reveal the answer on Monday.
The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch has partnered with the Baldwin Historical Society to bring you a weekly trivia question that delves into our area's colorful past. Pat Lombardi and Patty Woehler, co-presidents of the society, generously write the questions and provide the pictures. Here is this week's question: This building was a former schoolhouse—a gaunt, boxlike structure erected by a community of Roman Catholic nuns to teach the children of coal miners. It was left vacant when the local public schools were established. It was then taken over by an organization to be used as a free home for convalescent men and boys. This was in the early 1900s. The building was located on Willett Road. And while the organization is still in existence, it …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Cardinal Bevilacqua, who was bishop of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese from 1983-87, died in his sleep on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died in his sleep on Tuesday night at the age of 88. The retired head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was an uncharged central figure in a child sex-abuse case that involves the alleged shuffling of predator priests to unwitting parishes, the AP reports. Bevilacqua died days after lawyers battled over his competence to testify at an upcoming trial at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary—in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood—after battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer, an archdiocese spokeswoman told the AP. Bevilacqua had been the spiritual leader of the 1.5 million-member Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1988 until his retirement in 2003. The Pittsburgh Post-…
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Here are five events in and around Baldwin-Whitehall to check out this weekend!
Welcome to the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch's Weekend Planner! Got no idea what you'll do this weekend? Patch is coming to the rescue. We've got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our top picks for this weekend to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. It's a good idea to have cash ready for these events. 1. Ladies' Night Out Purse & Cash Bash Where?/When?: Castle Shannon Volunteer Fire Department/Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Why Go?: Come to the Castle Shannon Fire Hall on Route 88 on Friday for a chance to win purses and/or cash! This fundraiser features handbags from Coach, Louis Vuitton, kate spade, Brahmin, Michael Kors and others. Raffle tickets will be sold that night for prizes valued at up to $200. …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Learn more about the namesake of some of Baldwin-Whitehall's churches.
By our count, there are churches at four locations in the Baldwin-Whitehall area named after specific saints: 1) Saint Albert the Great Catholic Parish, 2) Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church and School, 3) Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God and 4) St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church and School. In honor of All Saints' Day (Nov. 1), here are brief descriptions of the saints for whom those organizations are named: 1) St. Albert the Great is the patron saint of scientists. He was also known as Albertus Magnus and Albert of Cologne. According to Catholic Online, this Catholic saint "achieved fame for his comprehensive knowledge of and advocacy for the peaceful coexistence of science and religion." " ... He was…
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A roundup of the region's top stories for Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Here are today's top stories from Patch sites in your region: Remembering the Local Victims of the Flash Flooding Dormont Mayor Suspends Acting Chief; Council Reinstates 9/11, bin Laden and Islam: A Pittsburgh Catholic-Turned-Muslim Explains His Religion South Hills Village Adds Two New Stores John Daly and Rocco Mediate to Compete in Mylan Classic (Video rundown of those stories to the right of this page.)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Dave McCarthy converted post-9/11.
"The Prophet Muhammad said that God is the most merciful and the most severe in punishment but that his mercy outstrips his punishment. So, we (Muslims) believe that both of those are important in the world. We show mercy, but mercy has its limits. If there's a serial killer loose in the town, we don't just leave him alone … At the same time, punishment and wrath have their limits, and mercy must moderate those. "Unfortunately, what we're seeing with a lot of these militant groups that make headlines is only the wrath part and no mercy. And this is not how I understand Islam. This is not what the Quran says … If you're not seeing mercy, you're not seeing Islam. If you're only seeing the wrath, you're not seeing Islam." — David (now Dawud…