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Faith and Politics

Heating Assistance Available for Those in Need

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It is a Thanksgiving tradition in many families to sit around the kitchen table and tell each other what we are thankful for each year. Has having heat in your home ever made the list? A successful program called the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helped about 400,
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The Company You Keep: Inform Your Conscience for 2015 Judicial Elections

Election Day is November 3, 2015 Most of us will not have a direct encounter with a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, or Superior or Commonwealth Court judge, but we should care about who is elected. Electing qualified, capable and value minded judges is just as important, or maybe
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Discover God’s Love Anew: A Guide to the Sacrament of Penance

Pope Francis is bringing a message of mercy to Cuba and the United States this week and has declared a Holy Year of Mercy beginning December 8. He is urging all of us “to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36
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Welcome to Pennsylvania, Pope Francis!

More than one in four Pennsylvanians are Catholic, making Catholicism the largest faith community in the Commonwealth. The daily influence of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania can be seen in the Catholic hospitals, soup kitchens, nursing homes and schools that serve thousands of Pen
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Headed off to College? Don’t Leave Your Faith at Home.

New laptop or tablet? Check. Bedding and toiletries? Check. New clothes and shoes? Check. Your Catholic faith? … Thousands of families across the Commonwealth are packing up their college freshmen and taking them to school for the first time. Will these students continue to live out t
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USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error”

FROM THE USCCB—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ke
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Pennsylvania Catholics React to Laudato Si’

Laudato Si’, the encyclical letter of Pope Francis on care for all of God’s creation, was released today. It can be read in its entirety here. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM CAP., of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia wrote, “Laudato Si speaks eloquently of inter-generatio
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Pentecost and the nature of speaking the truth

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M, CAP.  In Christian thought, justice is one of the cardinal (or “hinge”) virtues. Mercy — also a virtue — is a fruit of the great theological virtue, charity. Together, mercy and justice should guide a mature Christian’s actions, choices and word
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Judicial & Local Elections Just Days Away!

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Pennsylvanians will elect candidates to represent their political parties in contests for mayor, city council, county commissioner, township supervisor, school board, and many other municipal positions. We will also vote for judicial candidates: Justice of th
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