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Life and Dignity

Catholic Social Services Salute Our Veterans

As Pennsylvanians prepare for the picnics and fireworks displays of the Fourth of July, our thoughts often turn to the veterans who have defended our country throughout the years. Civilians may not be fully aware of the struggles that veterans face after their tour of duty.  According
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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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Measure to Protect Women and Children Ready for Governor’s Signature

Among the many atrocities revealed at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in West Philadelphia was that several of his staff provided medical services without the proper training or license to do so. Consequently, a woman died and seven newborn babies were killed b
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Martha & Mary House: Providing Shelter in Cambria County

“There is no place like home.” This common phrase, made famous by the Wizard of Oz, reminds us just how truly special home is. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown established the Martha & Mary House earlier this year for men, women, families and handicapped indi
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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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UPDATED U.S. House To Vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

UPDATE: The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House 242-181. See how your Congressperson voted here.  Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, recently wrote to Congress asking them to pass the Pain Capable U
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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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