Life and Dignity

Prayers, Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America

  From Archbishop Kurtz: On Sunday, July 20, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, prayed for peace in all situations of tension and conflict in the world. He mentioned in particular the Middle East and Ukraine, singling out the terrible crisis of Christians in Iraq with these words: “T
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Down Syndrome Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett Signs Down Syndrome Education Act

Facing the prospect of raising a child with Down syndrome may seem overwhelming for many parents. The unanswered questions and worries may overshadow the realization of the child’s dignity and humanity. The Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, also called “Chloe&#
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immigration, Catholic, unaccompanied minors

Protect Vulnerable Unaccompanied Children

Please urge your Senators and Representative to oppose legislative efforts to strip protections away from unaccompanied children who are fleeing from violence in Central America and seeking refuge in the United States. This includes, among others, efforts to reduce protections by chan
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Bill to Combat Human Trafficking Becomes Law

On July 2, 2014, Governor Corbett signed Senate Bill 75 (now Act 105 of 2014), which will help combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania. Human trafficking is modern day slavery – one person profiting from the exploitation of another. It can take the form of prostitution, slave labor,
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U.S. Supreme Court Makes Favorable Religious Liberty Decision

Pennsylvania Catholic Conference Encouraged by Favorable U.S. Supreme Court Religious Liberty Decision “[R]eason recognizes that religious freedom is a fundamental right of man, reflecting his highest dignity, that of seeking the truth and adhering to it, and recognizing it as an indi
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Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Affirming Freedom of Speech for Pro-Life Americans

From the USCCB WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech for pro-life Americans in a June 26 decision in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. The Court unanimously declared unconstitutional a Massachusetts law barring pro-life advocates from public sidewalks near abortion
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Gainer, Catholic, Harrisburg

Bishop Gainer: Government policies are endangering religious liberty

  Bishop Gainger’s Op-Ed Originally appeared in the Lancaster Sunday News The Lancaster County countryside tells a remarkable story of religious liberty. The landscape is still dotted with evidence of the brave men and women who risked everything to escape religious persecu
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PCHA Supports Safe Haven Expansion

The Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) and the PCC support House Bill 1090, legislation that would amend the Newborn Protection Act. HB 1090 would permit police stations, in addition to hospitals, to be designated as sanctioned safe havens for placing unwanted newborns. T
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Offering Real Alternatives to Women in Crisis

From The Catholic Witness The young woman who walks into the office may have been pro-life since she first became aware of the issue of abortion. And then, she finds herself pregnant, her boyfriend abandons her, and she feels completely alone. In that hour of crisis, she may be tempte
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