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When did we see you? Poverty Awareness Month 2016

“With the present Jubilee of Mercy I want to invite the Church to pray and work so that every Christian will have a humble and compassionate heart, one capable of proclaiming and witnessing to mercy. It is my hope that all of us will learn to ‘forgive and give,’ to b
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Legislative Action on Adoption Bill

This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 162. The measure would require the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide a summary of an adoptee’s birth record without the consent of the birth parents. It would release the names of the birth parents, even
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Urge Elected Officials to Stay at the Budget Negotiation Table

Key budget negotiations are underway. Pennsylvanians can encourage the General Assembly and Governor Wolf to negotiate and pass a budget. The organizations that do the important work of educating our children and serving Pennsylvanians who are vulnerable and at risk can wait no longer
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PCC Executive Director Receives Defender of Life Award

Dr. Robert J. O’Hara, Jr., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, was honored with the Defender of Life Award by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia at their annual Stand Up for Life Dinner. Edel Finnegan, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater
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First Comes Love, Then Comes…Living Together?

The majority of couples today live together before getting married, but does that make it worth it? Studies show that cohabiting couples are more likely to divorce than their friends who lived apart until marriage. Whether cohabitation causes break ups or if it’s an indication of othe
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Planned Parenthood: Setting the Record Straight

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops researched the facts about the Planned Parenthood debate. Here is a fact sheet to help set the record straight. (Download a printable version here) In 2015, a series of undercover videos showed officials of the Planned Parenthood Federa
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‘Every Life Is Worth Living’: October Respect Life Month Message

People discover their worth when they discover their true identity as created in God’s image and called to an eternal destiny with him, said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
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Discover God’s Love Anew: A Guide to the Sacrament of Penance

Pope Francis is bringing a message of mercy to Cuba and the United States this week and has declared a Holy Year of Mercy beginning December 8. He is urging all of us “to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36
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Welcome to Pennsylvania, Pope Francis!

More than one in four Pennsylvanians are Catholic, making Catholicism the largest faith community in the Commonwealth. The daily influence of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania can be seen in the Catholic hospitals, soup kitchens, nursing homes and schools that serve thousands of Pen
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