Life and Dignity

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 Obama Administration Announcement Of Relief For Immigrant Families, USCCB President Cites Urgent Pastoral Need For A More Humane View Of Immigrants

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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Ask PA Leaders to Choose Life Over Death

In September, Hubert Michael was two weeks from his execution date when he received a reprieve from Governor Corbett. However, this temporary mercy was only granted because the lethal drugs to complete the execution were not available.  Governor Corbett has indicated he would re-sched
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Supportive Services for Veteran Families

For some military veterans in Pennsylvania, coming home after service is not the end of the fight but the beginning. Many struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Others have difficulty finding a job. Some ultimately end up homeless. But there is help. The Diocese of Allentown, t
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A Review of the 2013-2014 Legislative Session

Over the past two years, Catholic advocates in Pennsylvania made their voices heard on issues ranging from education to respect for life, from health care to religious liberty. No matter the subject, you have brought Gospel values and the teachings of the Church into the public square
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Keeping The Heat On This Winter

In Pennsylvania, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, helps families and individuals in need heat their homes through the winter. As we enter the cold winter months, many of us look forward to comforts like hot chocolate and Christmas decorations. But for some Pen
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