Association of Pittsburgh Priests 

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Spring Speaker Series 

In what many see as the most significant process of reflection and renewal in the Catholic Church since Vatican II, the so-called “synod on synodality”, is now in its concluding stage: following the first of two assemblies last October 2023, the three-year process reaches its conclusion in October this year. Austen Ivereigh was one of two British “experts” closely involved in the process. He will explain what happened at the assembly last year, what to expect this year, why this will be Pope Francis’s most significant legacy, and how this journey is set to reshape the future of Christianity.

Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based writer and commentator known for his two biographies of Pope Francis: The Great Reformer (2014) and Wounded Shepherd (2019), and for co-authoring with the Pope his 2020 book, Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future. He has just published, with Loyola Press, First Belong to God: On Retreat with Pope Francis. Austen writes for Commonweal, America, and The Tablet and is a sought-after speaker.

REMINDER: This is a Sunday afternoon session.

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Statement Calling for Cease Fire and Humanitarian Aid in Gaza

"It is imperative that the U.S. and the international community exert all its power and leverage to stop the carnage in Gaza and take decisive diplomatic action for a lasting peace built on justice for all involved.  Anything less will be viewed by history as complicity."

Revisit Fall Speakers 

A Synod of Firsts & Surprises


The God Who Sees: Justice, Compassion, & Truth in the IMMIGRATION Conversation


John Carr: Living Our Faith in a Democracy


Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land

in Time of War


APP Thanks Pope Francis for Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

On August 14, the APP Board of Directors approved a letter of gratitude to Pope Francis for Vatican's repudiation on March 30, 2023 of the Doctrine of Discovery. Our letter also requested further consideration due to the harmful effects on the peoples and cultures of the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

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What is the Doctrine of Discovery?

Papal letters in the late 1400s provided the basis and precedent for the legal and religious concept that has been used for centuries to justify the colonization and exploitation of indigenous peoples.

Promoting a Culture of Life

Association of Pittsburgh Priests calls on Catholic leaders to develop new pastoral, spiritual approach regarding abortion and the culture of life          -June 13, 2022

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APP is committed to doing all that we can to promote Synodality in Western PA. Synodality is a way of journeying forward, led by the Spirit, in our polarized world for our newly merged parishes, for lay groups associated with religious orders, and other groups wanting to live the Gospel more faithfully. Synodality is an on-going process – of listening to each other and for the Spirit, sharing hopes, experiencing supportive community, and being open and responsive to the pain of the world. Synodality is the way to grow as Church.

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