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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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Justice Out of Balance

UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1947, a proposal to remove the criminal statute of limitations (SoL) for childhood sexual abuse and raise the civil SoL from age 30 to 50 moving forward.  It also retroactively extends the
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A Commitment to Healing & Promise to Protect

The Catholic community received the grand jury report about past sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown with shock and anger. We pray that the Catholic Church’s painful past will contribute to a better understanding of sexual abuse in all sectors of society. We must always e
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For Catholic voters, state conferences play critical role

The state-level policy arm for bishops evaluates legislation, informs Catholic voters on local issues By Patti Maguire Armstrong, OSV Newsweekly Voting is a serious responsibility for Catholics. Yet deciphering all of the spin from the political candidates is no easy task — particular
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Despite budget fight, an effort focused on students

EITC, OSTC
Excerpted from The Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania has long been a pioneer in school choice, providing tax-credit programs that enable tens of thousands of low- and middle-income families to place their children in the most appropriate educational settings. But the state’s b
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Catholic Conferences Prioritize School Choice Programs

The school choice efforts of Pennsylvania’s Catholics were featured in Catholic Education Daily:  Pennsylvania has two tax credit programs, and was the first state “to create a groundbreaking program that empowers parents to choose the school they believe is best for their child
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Pittsburgh Students Give UPMC St. Margaret Patients a Christmas to Remember

In the spirit of Christmas, elementary school students in the Pittsburgh area joined together to give patients at Pittsburgh’s UPMC St. Margaret Hospital a holiday they will not forget. Last month, students at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy in Aspinwall, PA, joined with th
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