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Updated Legislative Review

Every two-year legislative session, thousands of bills are introduced.  Many of these proposals are of import to Catholics, as they impact programs for the needy, access to health care, respect for human life, education and more. Click here to see an updated list of legislation suppor
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PA Primaries: 2016 Election Resources

Update: Click here to see the results of the Primary Election. In our commitment to follow Jesus Christ we must do more than just show up for Mass on Sunday morning, we must bear Christian witness in all we do – in our homes, in our work and recreation, in our interaction with the wor
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Lawmaker Explains How Medical Technology Demands Action to Save Lives

Click here to send a message in support of pro-life House Bill 1948.  
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A Commitment to Healing & Promise to Protect

The Catholic community received the grand jury report about past sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown with shock and anger. We pray that the Catholic Church’s painful past will contribute to a better understanding of sexual abuse in all sectors of society. We must always e
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For Catholic voters, state conferences play critical role

The state-level policy arm for bishops evaluates legislation, informs Catholic voters on local issues By Patti Maguire Armstrong, OSV Newsweekly Voting is a serious responsibility for Catholics. Yet deciphering all of the spin from the political candidates is no easy task — particular
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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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