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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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The World Meeting of Families Coming to Philadelphia

People from around the world will gather in Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. More than a million and a half people are expected to participate in a week of activities, including Mass celebrated by the Pop
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USCCB President Comments on Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments on Marriage

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 28, on the constitutionality of states defining and recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Commenting on the oral arguments before the Court, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president
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Catholic Relief Services Mobilizes Response to Nepal Earthquake

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is launching a major relief effort in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 24. A CRS team is on the ground in Kathmandu, the capital city and one of the most affected areas, and our local partner Caritas Nepal has s
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Pope Francis names Very Rev. Edward Malesic Bishop of Greensburg

GREENSBURG — Pope Francis has appointed Very Rev. Father Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L., judicial vicar of the Diocese of Harrisburg and pastor of Holy Infant Parish, York Haven, bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg and accepted the resignation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, 76, from pastora
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PA House Passes Resolution Condemning Global Persecution of Christians

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passed House Resolution 182.  According to the United States Department of State, Christians are persecuted in over 60 countries.  It has been estimated that 100 million Christians are persecuted each year. The resolution res
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