Mr. Michael Ballard had been scheduled for execution on December 2, but a judge has granted him a stay. While Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano declared Michael Ballard competent to make the decision to stop appealing his death sentence, Judge Giordano also granted Mr. Ballard’s
On August 22, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered all health plans under its jurisdiction, including those provided by churches and other religious institutions to their employees, to provide coverage for all abortions. The order includes abortions at any s
From the USCCB—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed the news today that the Obama administration will defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their
November is National Adoption Month, and no family is happier to celebrate it than the Roush family. On November 18, the siblings, ranging in age from 7 to 16, will be adopted by their aunt and uncle in Dauphin County in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The adoption has been facilitated by
The Vatican confirms the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia next year In remarks offered today in Rome, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, set to be held September 22-27, 2015. This visit will mark his first to t
In September, Hubert Michael was two weeks from his execution date when he received a reprieve from Governor Corbett. However, this temporary mercy was only granted because the lethal drugs to complete the execution were not available. Governor Corbett has indicated he would re-sched
This year, the PCC advocated for improvements to the popular Education Improvement Tax Credits and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs. “The Pennsylvania legislature has heard from the business owners and schools who are working to give parents choices in education.