Catholic Church

Pope Speeds Up, Simplifies Process For Marriage AnnulmentsPope Francis radically reformed the Catholic Church's process for annulling marriages Tuesday, allowing for fast-track decisions and removing automatic appeals in a bid to speed up and simplify the procedure.
Pittsburgh Diocese Eliminating Fees For Marriage AnnulmentsThe Diocese of Pittsburgh has eliminated fees for annulments in keeping with comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Roman Catholics to remarry and receive other sacraments.
Investigation Continues After Beaver Co. Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse Over the weekend, parishioners of Our Lad of Peace in Conway learned their pastor, Rev. John Fitzgerald, was being placed on administrative leave.
Bishop Zubik Reacts To Pope Francis' Apology Bishop David Zubik reacts to the Pope's homily today asking forgiveness from sexual abuse victims.
Abuse Allegations Prompts Diocese To Send Letter To North Catholic AlumniThe doors to Bishop Donald Wuerl High School are slated to close at the end of this school year, but there is a cloud hanging over the former North Catholic High School.
Locals Celebrate Canonization Of Former Popes Bishop David Zubik is among several local Catholics who made the trip to the Vatican, while thousands celebrated here.
Polish Hill Church Marking Historic Canonization By Enshrining RelicImmaculate Heart of Mary Church in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill section will mark Sunday’s canonization of two popular 20th century popes with a special ceremony involving a relic of Pope John Paul II’s.
Benedict To Join In Double Sainthood CeremonyRetired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, setting the stage for an unprecedented occurrence of two living popes canonizing two of their predecessors. About 1 million pilgrims are expected at the event and many were flooding into Rome on Saturday.
Bishop Zubik Heading To Rome For Canonization Of 2 PopesThe Catholic Church is set to canonize Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II this Sunday.
Clergyman Charged In Australia Faces "Credible" Allegations From Time At North Catholic HSThe Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says a clergyman awaiting trial on charges he molested four students 30 years ago at a school in Australia is the subject of a "credible" allegation of abuse from when he taught at the city's North Catholic High School.
Catholics Reflect Lack Of Knowledge, Differences In SurveyAt the behest of Pope Francis, the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese embraced the chance to survey Catholic families on challenges faced in today's more liberal American culture.
Supreme Court Justice Stays Implementation Of Controversial Obamacare ProvisionU.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor has temporarily blocked a controversial part of Obamacare that affects the availability of contraceptives to women who work for Catholic-affiliated institutions.