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Back to School Blessings for Scholarship Students

Summer vacation is still in full swing, but thousands of students are celebrating the chance to go to a new school this fall. This week the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed what is called the School Code Bill enabling support for public schools to move forward and providing a $25
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Education Should Never Be Left to Chance

On a cloudy day in May, hundreds of students and parents gathered on the Capitol steps in Harrisburg to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Attendees heard the story of a student who found stability and safety in the school of their
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Statement on Judiciary Committee Hearing for HB 1947

The Senate Judiciary Committee today was scheduled to hear from several witnesses on whether House Bill 1947 violates Pennsylvania’s Constitution, which prohibits the General Assembly from retroactively altering statutes of limitations to revive causes of action that have expired. “I
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HB 1947 Treats Churches, Other Private Institutions Differently

As the understanding around the particulars of House Bill 1947 grows, many have questioned the disparate treatment of public entities (like public schools and government) and non-profit or private entities (like Catholic parishes and schools). Simply put, there remains in the bill ine
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Bill Would Harm Schools, Parishes, Services

Send a message to your legislators about House Bill 1947. The following commentary by Wilmington attorney Stephen E. Jenkins appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 5. Pennsylvania House Bill 1947, which has now been sent to the Pennsylvania Senate, would largely eliminate the s
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Catholic School Teachers Recognized at Capitol

Three Catholic school teachers were recognized by the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Council on American Private Education (PACAPE) for the outstanding dedication to the children in their care: Sister Margaret Rose Adams of Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Willow Grove; Maur
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EITC Program Celebrates 15 Years

The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program allows more than 40,000 students each year to choose the school that best fits their needs. On May 4, a rally was held on the steps of the State Capitol in support of EITC and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC). Hundreds
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Updated Legislative Review

Every two-year legislative session, thousands of bills are introduced.  Many of these proposals are of import to Catholics, as they impact programs for the needy, access to health care, respect for human life, education and more. Click here to see an updated list of legislation suppor
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PA Primaries: 2016 Election Resources

Update: Click here to see the results of the Primary Election. In our commitment to follow Jesus Christ we must do more than just show up for Mass on Sunday morning, we must bear Christian witness in all we do – in our homes, in our work and recreation, in our interaction with the wor
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