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Marriage and Family

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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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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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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Support House Bill 857: Children’s Insurance Extension

The Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) support House Bill 857, which extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through December 31, 2017. PCHA and PCC have supported the CHIP program since its inception in 1992.
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The World Meeting of Families: What you can do

The World Meeting of Families is just six months away. Archbishop Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered the following advice about what we can do to get involved in this historic and life-changing event:   First, World Meeting of Families is a very expensive event. Mu
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Pope Francis: We must not abandon the elderly

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday addressed members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, who are meeting in Rome for their General Assembly. In his remarks, the Holy Father spoke about the theme of the Assembly: “Assisting the elderly and palliative care.” Palliative care, he sa
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