Life and Dignity

“The Holy Family was once a family of immigrants and refugees”

Archbishop Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia released this statement on immigration reform: Mary of Nazareth has always had a special place in the heart of the Church. She is theotokos, the “God-bearer”; Scripture’s greatest human witness of courage, humility
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Pope Francis

Pope, religious leaders pledge to work together to end slavery by 2020

  VATICAN CITY (CNS) – As Pope Francis and leaders of other churches and religions signed a declaration pledging to work together to help end modern slavery in the world by 2020, he urged governments, businesses and all people of good will to join forces against this “
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Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Catholic Social Services Give Children a Christmas to Remember

Christmas is a time for celebration, but it also a time for helping those in need. Since 1955, the Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit for Children has supported programs at Catholic Social Services that directly benefit children in poverty, at-risk youth and children living with special n
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Run Forth to Meet Christ

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ. Christmas is coming; the race is on – shopping, baking, cleaning, decorating, socializing. Most of us run around a lot this time of year; but toward whom are we running – the Christ child or the
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Michael Ballard Execution Stayed

Mr. Michael Ballard had been scheduled for execution on December 2, but a judge has granted him a stay. While Northampton County Judge Emil Giordano declared Michael Ballard competent to make the decision to stop appealing his death sentence, Judge Giordano also granted Mr. Ballard’s
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Pass the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act

On August 22, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered all health plans under its jurisdiction, including those provided by churches and other religious institutions to their employees, to provide coverage for all abortions. The order includes abortions at any s
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USCCB Welcomes Announcement Of Relief For Immigrant Families

From the USCCB—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, welcomed the news today that the Obama administration will defer deportations for many undocumented immigrants and their
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Adoption Month: 5 Siblings Adopted Together

November is National Adoption Month, and no family is happier to celebrate it than the Roush family. On November 18, the siblings, ranging in age from 7 to 16, will be adopted by their aunt and uncle in Dauphin County in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The adoption has been facilitated by
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Pope Francis Will Attend the World Meeting of Families

The Vatican confirms the Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia next year In remarks offered today in Rome, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, set to be held September 22-27, 2015. This visit will mark his first to t
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