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Faith and Politics

Bishop Zubik Reacts to Supreme Court Action

In a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to remand Zubik et. al. v. Burwell back to the courts of appeals, Bishop Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh released the following statement: “We are all grateful to God and the Supreme Court Justices that they have l
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Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust

On Monday, May 9, the thirty-second annual Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust was held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol. Speakers included Rabbi Eric Cytryn of Beth El Temple in Harrisburg, Governor Tom Wolf and Reverend Bill Harter of the Presbyterian Church of
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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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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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