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Faith and Politics

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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26 Organizations Urge Passage of Conscience Protection Act

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on April 19 urging the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828). Signatories include ten medical groups repr
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American Religious History Week Designated

A resolution designating the week of May 2-8 as American Religious History Week has passed. The resolution recognizes the overwhelmingly positive impact of religious beliefs on America’s history. House Resolution 774   states, in part, “Be it further resolved that the Hous
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Ask House Leadership: No Vote on Anti-Refugee Bill

In mid-March, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 4731, legislation that would roll back protections for refugees seeking admission to the United States, as well as for refugees who have already been admitted to the country. As the House Leadership contemplates whether to brin
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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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Ethical Debate Must Keep Pace with Technological Advances

The following is an op-ed written by State Representatives Kathy Rapp (R-Crawford/Forest/Warren), Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria/Somerset) and Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). Send a message to your legislator in support of this legislation at this link.  Over the past 30 years, massive changes i
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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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Time is Running Out to Register to Vote

Sure, the Pennsylvania Primary Election isn’t until the end of April, but the deadline to register to vote is just a week away. Pennsylvanians can register to vote, change their address, and update their party membership by registering to vote online at this link. Pennsylvanians must
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Oral Arguments in HHS Mandate on March 23

On March 23, oral arguments will be heard in HHS Mandate cases before the Supreme Court.  As appellants in these cases, the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Erie have both asked for prayers for religious liberty, especially on March 23, when the bishops of both diocese will tr
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