Association of Pittsburgh Priests 

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Fall Speaker Series

Especially this year, Advent brings our attention again back to Palestine. Peace with Justice is a term that can almost become a cliché. But there are real world implications for this land that Jews, Muslims, and Christians share. When there is injustice, peace becomes impossible. Nowhere is this clearer than when talking about Palestine and Israel (the Holy Land). Join us to explore these injustices, why they remain an impediment to peace, and how we can help achieve a peaceful future for ALL in the Holy Land.

Mr. Abood has served as Advocacy and Outreach Director of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, based in Bethesda, Maryland and Bethlehem, Palestine. In 2007, he received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his leadership in working with the Palestinian Christian communities in the Holy Land. He is a speaker and writer on the Churches' perspective on the current situation of the Christians in the Holy Land. He is the author of A Great Cloud of Witnesses: The Catholic Churches' Experience in the Holy Land.

Revisit Past Speakers -- September - October, 2023

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


Insidious Impacts of Mass Incarceration


A Synod of Firsts & Surprises


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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